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This topic covers various named postcard collections and manuscript collections relating to the manufacture, distribution, sale, or business of postcards.
Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:
African American shortwave radio disc jockey cards
Identifier: Modern-MS-PC Radio
Abstract 52 QSL cards from African American ham radio operators, CB radio operators, and shortwave radio disc jockeys from the late 1970s and early 1980s. Includes cards from across the United States with the most from Texas and Louisiana. Also includes a variety of other states including Puerto Rico. Most feature humorous illustrations, nicknames, and slogans. Some cards are annotated with handwritten messages.
Dates: 1979-1981; undated
Alan Calavano collection of World's Fair postcards and ephemera
Abstract Includes postcards, postcard albums, and other ephemera relating to World's Fairs and Expositions beginning with the 1878 Exposition Universelle Paris and continuing to 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans. There are significant collections of postcards from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, the 1910 Exposition de Bruxelles, the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition, and the 1939 New York World's Fair. Also included are trade cards from...
Bill Lende Collection of Tall Tale Postcards
Abstract Collection of both printed and real-photo postcards depicting exaggerated images. Common themes are oversize fruits and vegetables as well as large fish and futuristic scenes. Aside from a significant collection of cards featuring jackalopes, most of the collection dates to the early 20th century. Roughly 1500 postcards in all with additional ephemera, photographs, and research files.
Dates: 1906-2006; Majority of material found within 1909 - 1920
Bryan L. Bossier postcard collection
Abstract This collection of approximately 1,500 postcards, a gift from Bryan L. Bossier, consists of printed and photographic postcards related to twentieth century social history. Subjects include: suffragettes and the women’s right to vote movement, American evangelism, the Ku Klux Klan, early road building, temperance and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, boxing, and Christmas.
Dates: approximately 1880s-1920s
Carol Bauer collection
Abstract Letters, 1893-1898, from the Friese family in Baltimore, to Christopher F. Friese in Chicago, discussing the kindergarten movement and women's work, a Chicago bicycle manufacturer, and family affairs; and holiday picture postcards from the early 1900s addressed to the Lang family of Chicago. Also advertisements, including one for a Chicago dentist (Boston Dental Parlors), and one postcard from the Cort Theatre (published by the Fine Arts Journal of Chicago).
Charles F. Seyferlich Collection of Photographs, Documents, and Ephemera
Abstract Archive of materials relating to the career of Charles F. Seyferlich (ca. 1852-1914), Chicago Fire Marshall from 1910-1914. Includes ephemera from the Chicago Fire Department and related professional organizations, newspaper articles that illustrate Seyferlich's long career with the CFD, photographs and postcards of Chicago firehouses and firemen, the Union Stockyards Fire (1910), and a memorial parade held in honor of Seyferlich (1914).
Dates: 1885-1933; Majority of material found within 1900 - 1914
Christiane Harzig collection of Chicago postcards
Abstract 190 tinted photo postcards, mostly blank, of Chicago scenes and buildings, including the Newberry Library, parks, amusement parks, Chicago Loop buildings, Michigan Avenue residences, etc. Postcards were published by Chicago publishers Koelling & Klappenbach, V.O. Hammon, P. Schmidt, Franklin Card Co., Warren News Co., Schwartz and Co., International Postal Card Co., and others. Most were printed in Germany. Postcards with messages were mailed from Chicago by Wanda Ludyuska, and mainly...
Dates: approximately 1900-1910s
Curt Teich Co. records
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Teich Co.
Abstract The Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection is the nation’s largest public collection of postcards and related materials. The core collection in the Teich Archives, acquired by the Lake County Discovery Museum in 1982 and subsequently transferred to the Newberry in 2016, is the industrial archives of the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, which operated from 1898 to 1978 as the world’s largest printer of view and advertising postcards. The Teich Company saved examples of nearly every image printed,...
Dates: 1898-2002; Majority of material found within 1900-1978
David J. Thompson postcard collection
Abstract Collection of approximately 1,400 postcards sent by David J. Thompson to Kaveh Akbar. The cards document Thompson's travels throughout the United States, primarily through the South and Midwest, and in Europe. Thompson, a photographer, poet, and former teacher, also includes some of his own photography on the front of the cards in addition to the correspondence on the back.
Detroit Publishing Co. postcard collection
Abstract The Detroit Publishing Company was a prolific publisher of postcards and photographic prints from the late 1890s to the early 1920s. A gift from John I. Monroe, this collection of approximately 16,000 postcards is a rich resource for views of North American cities and towns, landscapes, and national parks. The collection also includes views of many foreign countries.
Dates: approximately 1890s-1930s
Dexter Press, Inc. records
Abstract Dexter Press Inc. founder Thomas A. Dexter began printing postcards in 1934 in New York and New Jersey. The collection, donated by Tommie Dexter Reardon, daughter of the founder of the company, includes job printing files; black and white, linen finish, and chrome postcards; and a box of black and white photographs used to make the black and white postcards. A later addition includes photographs and negatives, postcard samples, framed photographs, 3-D postcards, and other assorted postcards....
Dates: 1934-approximately 1992
Evangelina E. Lewis Photographic Postcard Collection of the Philippine Islands
Abstract Collection of photographic postcards collected by Evangelina E. Lewis produced possibly by the photographer Samuel M. Shera. Postcards mostly depict figures, events, architecture, and landscapes in the Philippines.
Dates: approximately 1915-1916
Evelyn Lampe postcard collection
Abstract Collection of 1 photograph and 80 postcards primarily of Zion, Illinois and Chicago. Also included are postcards from Florida, Iowa, New York and Wisconsin.
Fort Sheridan postcard collection
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Fort Sheridan
Abstract This collection contains over 500 postcards acquired from the former museum at the Fort Sheridan U.S. Army Post (1887-1993). These materials relate primarily to World Wars I and II. There are many Chicago Daily News Postals printed of European locations during World War I, as well as views of military life in several American installations, such as Camp Custer, Michigan. A small number of views related to topics such as medicine and the Red Cross are also part of this collection. Oversize box...
Dates: approximately 1914-1945
George A. Gonder Papers
Abstract Church-related correspondence and documents of George A. Gonder, Christian Catholic Apostolic Church in Zion convert and official in Kansas and Illinois. Includes postcards showing Zion City parks, buildings, and church officials.
Grant B. Schmalgemeier Century of Progress postcard collection
Abstract This collection was a gift from Chicago postcard collector, Grant B. Schmalgemeier. It consists of 3,000 postcards of the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair. The collection provides a comprehensive look at the fair, and includes postcards of the rides and attractions.
James Dunwoody collection of travel postcards
Abstract Collection of domestic and international postcards and a small amount of other ephemera including trade cards, greeting cards, and viewbooks.
Dates: approximately 1900-1982
James R. Powell Route 66 postcard collection
Abstract This collection consists of 4,000 printed and real photograph postcards of the eight states Route 66 runs through, mainly dating from the mid-1920s through the 1960s. The images document the highway, tourist attractions, and roadside architecture such as motels, service stations, restaurants, and diners.
John High collection
Abstract This collection is a gift from New York actor John High, and consists of pre-World War I postcards, including a premier collection of woven silks and Stevengraphs. Other categories in this collection include Alphonse Mucha, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, jigsaw puzzles, “hold-to-lights” and copper windows, the four seasons, twelve months of the year, and crosswords.
Dates: approximately 1890s-1910s
John I. Monroe collection of artist signed postcards
Abstract Artistic postcards from late 19th century to the early 20th century. Common themes include women, whimsical and romantic scenes, and buildings.
John I. Monroe collection of exposition postcards
Identifier: Modern-MS-Monroe Exposition
Abstract This collection includes over 9,800 postcards and related ephemera documenting International Expositions and World's Fairs beginning in the late 19th and continuing throughout the 20th century. Both American and European expositions are well represented in addition to smaller trade shows and local fairs.
John I. Monroe collection of fantasy postcards
Identifier: Modern-MS-Monroe Fantasy
Abstract Collection of over 500 altered-image postcards showing cities and towns "in the future". Photographs are modified to include blimps, airplanes, balloons, monorail systems, and other kinds of transportation devices. Other categories of the fantasy postcards include images of "rippling buildings" and postcards depicting the end of the world (a response to the panic of the 1910 appearance of Haley's Comet). A flash drive with an inventory of the collection and images of the fronts of postcards is...
Dates: 1902-1931; Majority of material found within 1908 - 1910
John I. Monroe collection of sports postcards
Identifier: Modern-MS-Monroe Sports
Abstract Postcard collection assembled by John I. Monroe of sports-related cards. Includes postcards on auto racing, baseball, billiards, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, fishing, football, hiking, horse racing, roller skating, soccer, swimming, track and field, winter sports, and others.
Dates: approximately 1902-approximately 1931
Julie Bynum Mailart postcard collection
Abstract Collection of 96 mixed-media postcards constructed using scrap paper, fabric, and other embellishments as part of the Mailart 365 project.
Leonard A. Lauder collection of Raphael Tuck & Sons postcards
Abstract This collection, a gift of Leonard A. Lauder, consists of more than 26,000 unique (35,000 total) Raphael Tuck & Sons postcards, mainly the Oilette series. The Tuck Company began operating in England in 1866, and started printing picture postcards in 1894. Oilette postcards, introduced in 1903, were the work of many different artists employed by the company and encompassed a great variety of subject matter, including country and farm scenes, landscapes, and churches. Tuck described Oilettes...
Dates: approximately 1903-1959