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Of Postcards and Postage

Posted by: Jan Grenci

I love postcards. I send them, collect them, and even make them. In my latest Flickr album, You’ve Got Mail, I included a 1939 photo of what was described as the “largest postcard ever sent through the mail.” A regular postcard cost one cent to mail in that year. I spot an interesting error in …

Smiling woman dressed in outdoor winter clothes holds a large, old-style camera

Ready for Research: From Latin America and Baseball Cards to Moral Re-Armament and Historical Trademark Designs

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, and Aliza Leventhal, Head, Technical Services, both of the Prints & Photographs Division. Every week our department organizes, houses, describes, and selectively digitizes a wide variety of pictures. Here are the highlights from the more than 125,000 items completed in the past six months. You …

New LibGuide – Postcards: Greetings from the Prints & Photographs Division

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

The following is a guest post by Hanna Soltys, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division. Summer vacation is often associated with postcards as we share our journeys and memories with friends and family via snail mail. However, postcards get their moment in the sun all year long here in the Prints & Photographs Division. This …

Smiling woman dressed in outdoor winter clothes holds a large, old-style camera

Caught Our Eyes: A Fish Tale?

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

Cataloger Greg Marcangelo turned up this image–a record catch from an August fishing expedition nearly 110 years ago. Greg notes, “As a Pisces, I’m always on the lookout for nice pictures of fish.  But this – is it even real??  A quick internet search confirms that Giant Sea Bass may reach these proportions!” Learn more: …

Group portrait of men and women at Southwestern State Normal School. Photographic postcard copyright by H. R. Harris, California, Pa., 1909. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ds.02620

Taking the Long View (in Miniature), Part Two

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

Comments we’ve received on our post a couple of weeks ago indicate that others are enjoying the panoramic postcards as much as we are! The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division, highlighting a few more observations from members of the team who organized and described the postcards. People can …