Old Al's Cards
May 20, 2009 10:26 AM   Subscribe

Old Al's Cards
Before email, before Twitter and before telephones were common people used postcards to announce everything from the most mundane events to the death of a loved one. Costing only a penny to mail and often arriving the same day the picture postcard was hugely popular with countless cards being sent daily. The cards on this site were sent by members of my family between 1900 and 1917 while they were living in New York City and Eastern New Jersey.
posted by cedar (3 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

For some reason, these remind me of things like cuneiform records of middle class Sumerian merchants. It's always interesting to see the mundane detritus from generations past. I think that modern people, myself included, tend to look at people in the past as a kind of flat, undifferentiated mass that was just along for the ride of history. Seeing bits of personal creativity and correspondence helps to give some dimension to the people who traded them.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:13 PM on May 20, 2009

Wow, this is great. I particularly like this one. Good job!
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:40 PM on May 22, 2009

What a wonderful gift from your father. Love them!
posted by Sweetie Darling at 6:25 PM on May 25, 2009

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