Greetings from Memphis!

New post for the Pink Palace about postcards. Incidentally, I also have a postcard collection. Mine are not as cool.

The Pink Palace

When mail ruled the day, postcards were a popular way to communicate. Picture postcards first came on the American scene during the 1893 Columbian Exposition. They quickly grew in popularity, and the decade from 1905-1915 marked a golden age for postcards. People frequently mailed them to each other and then saved them in albums. By the end of 1913, the U.S. Postal Service estimated that over nine hundred million postcards had been mailed. This fervor died down with the start of World War I, but postcards did continue to be used. From 1930-1945, linen postcards, which were printed on paper containing higher cotton fiber content, were popular.  Today’s postcards are photocrom-style and feature colorful photographs. These postcards are frequently purchased as souvenirs and less often as a means to quickly communicate.

Overton Park playgroundMunicipal Swimming Pool at the Fairgrounds circa 1926

Postcards have historical value because they capture popular sites and attitudes of specific time periods. The messages that people…

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One thought on “Greetings from Memphis!

  1. The playground postcard brings back many happy memories. My friends and I spent a lot of time playing there. I especially liked the swings and the big slide, and I remember how hot that metal slide could get on a summer day. Ouch!

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