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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.

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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