A family postcard collection from 1905-1910
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Visit the vanished world of the early 1900's as you view this online exhibit of vintage postcards. The cards were collected by a young girl in Iowa, mostly during 1905-1910.
All 158 cards have high-resolution scans.
Edith Helen Potter Crose (1896-1963) collected the postcards in Iowa City, Iowa. Her younger sister, Laura Potter Stecher (1906-1989), may have helped. One reason the collection exists is that the adults in the family traveled widely to church meetings, sending postcards home from each city they visited.
You can read more about Edith and her interesting family.
Many cards show American public buildings, with an emphasis on churches (especially Baptist churches!), schools, and colleges. There are cards from 27 states, with Mid-Western states (Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota) predominating. Cards from 7 foreign countries occur too.
Select one of the links below. All images are stored as JPG files, in two versions: low resolution and high resolution. The " ;low resolution" versions are approximately 400 x 600 pixels. The "high resolution" versions are approximately 800 x 1200 pixels. After clicking Low or High resolution, you arrive at a screen containing thumbnail images. To view a picture, click on the thumbnail. After viewing those images that interest you, click on Next to move to the next screen of thumbnails. There are also ways to view subsets of the collection, including lists by state for some states.
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For some favorite online historic postcard collections, see my links page.