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About postcardy

I am a longtime postcard collector who has been creating websites and blogs based on my postcard collection since 1998.

Poolside Posers

There was a time when almost all motels and hotels had free  postcards for their customers. The postcards were not just a convenience for the customers to write to their friends and relatives. They were also a marketing tool for … Continue reading

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The Edison Phonograph

The image on this postcard (copyright 1905 by National Phonograph Co.) illustrates how amazing it must have been to first hear recorded sounds coming from the phonograph invented by Thomas Edison. Originally the sounds were recorded and reproduced on cylinders. … Continue reading

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Home Harmony and The House Beautiful

Here are six postcards from a set published by Grand Rapids Furniture Record Co., copyright 1912.  These cards were made to be sent by furniture retailers to their customers. The back of each postcard had a calendar for one month … Continue reading

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Twin City Lines Early Twentieth Century Streetcars

These postcards show early 20th century streetcars operated by Twin City Lines (Twin City Rapid Transit Company) of Minnesota. These streetcars ran in and between the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, west to Lake Minnetonka, and east to Stillwater. … Continue reading

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Iowa Children in Snow–May 1920

This real photo postcard is dated May 1920 and  shows five children standing in the snow. The handwriting on the back of the postcard seems to be by two different people, with the first asking “Do you know any of … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from Shapleigh Hardware Co.

This holiday postcard advertising Shapleigh Hardware Company’s Diamond Edge tools was sent on December 24, 1915. Hardware Dealers’ Magazine, Volume 46 of 1916 had an article on Hardware Christmas Greetings in which Shapleigh’s Christmas card and its verse were mentioned. … Continue reading

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Heatherbloom Petticoats for Christmas

This advertising postcard suggests giving a Heatherbloom Petticoat as a Christmas gift. The back is imprinted with an advertising message from Senson Brothers of Clay Center, Kansas. Below is a magazine ad that promoted Heatherbloom Petticoats for Christmas gift-giving. According … Continue reading

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