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Adams Postcard Collection (1892-2007) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Adams Postcard Collection (1892-2007)


Historical Note: Postcards began circulation as a convenient means of quick and often colorful communication in the mid-to-late 19th century. Both American and European publishers took advantages of the postcard craze of the early 20th Century as millions of postcards of a variety of subjects and topics were produced, circulated, and collected. The popularity of postcard collecting diminished during World War I and postcards have never achieved quite the popularity they initially held, but postcards are still widely produced, circulated, and collected worldwide for various reasons and occasions.
Sources:

Carline, Richard. Pictures in the Post: The Story of the Picture Postcard. Bedford: G. Fraser, 1959.

Range, Thomas E. The Book of Postcard Collecting. New York: Dutton, 1980.

Staff, Frank. The Picture Postcard & its Origins. New York: F.A. Praeger, 1966.

Willoughby, Martin. A History of Postcards. London: Bracken, 1994.






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