During its heyday—from about 1905 to 1920—the American postcard was a hot item to collect. Mrs. U.S. Byrd of Louisville, Kentucky, claimed to possess a hundred thousand of the illustrated greetings. They could be sent for a penny and offered a tableau of the near, the not so very far away, the banal, and the majestic.
Wishing You Were Here
Collection of vintage postcards leaves its stamp.
HUMANITIES, January/February 2014, Volume 35, Number 1