Anniversary of the Postcard

From The London Chronicle.

Vienna, Jan. 19.—To-day being the thirtieth anniversary of the birth of the postcard, its inventor, Dr. Emanuel Hermann, Professor at the Vienna Technical Institute, has received congratulations from all parts of the world. Dr. Hermann’s first article suggesting the introduction of the postcard appeared in the Neue Freie Presse of Jan. 26, 1869. Six months later Austria adopted the proposal, and all the other States followed its example.

The New York Times, February 12, 1899.

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What Interests Vienna

Vienna, Dec. 19.—
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Pictorial Postcard Craze

The pictorial postcard craze is still on the increase both here and in all other countries. By degrees it is becoming an important branch of industry. Not only painters and draughtsmen are pressed into the service of the pictorial postcard and obtain remunerative employment through it, but also authors are now made to do their share. Ten author-cards have been published already, each with a well-executed likeness of the writer with his autograph. For one of them the celebrated and popular Vienna playwright C. Karlweiss has written the following humorous verses:

Denk dir, o Freund-oder Friendin—
Wir beide waeren allein
Auf einer einsamen unsel
Wie herrlich muesste das sein!
Es gaebe dort keine Zeitung
Und keine Politik,
Es gaebe dort keine Mode
Unde niemand wuestte, was “chic”!
Es gaebe dort keine Vereine
Und keinen Saeckelwart
Es gaebe dort kein Postamt—
Und keine Ansichtskart!

New York Times, January 7, 1900, p. 21.

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The Picture Postcard Craze Abroad

St. Petersburg, Oct. 30.—The picture postcard craze is in full swing in the Baltic provinces and Poland. A postcard exposition is to be held in Warsaw during the coming winter.

The New York Times, October 31, 1900, p. 7.

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July 8, 1907 — Hotel Astoria, New York, N.Y.

Mr. Fred C. O’Brien, Crescent Beach, Conn.

"How is glass jar’s this year?

Lana”

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October 26, 1905 — The Battery and Old Castle Garden, New York.

Mrs. John Austin Stevens, No. 73 W. (?) Second Ave., Newport, R.I.

[text illegible]

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1940 Cadillac LaSalle, Boston, Mass.

Mr. B. J. Bowen, 13 Hillside Terrace, Newton, Mass.

"We are holding a special display of 1940 LaSalles at our showroom this week. Hope you might find it convenient to visit us.

F. S. Kord (?)”

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April 26, 1935 — Public Library [Boston, Mass.]

One of the notable architectural monuments of its day, in the designing of which collaborated such famous artists as Bela L. Pratt, Frederick McMonnies [sic], Augustus St. Gaudens, Daniel C. French, Purvis de Chavannes, Louis St. Gaudens, Edwin A. Abbey, John S. Sargent, John Elliott, Joseph Lindon Smith, Elmer E. Garnsey.

Miss Mabel Russell, East Saint John, Saint John, N.B., Canada [Sackville, N.B.]

"Dear Mabel:

Am having a lovely vacation + arrive home on Saturday. I went to the Metropolitan Theatre last night + it surely is some place. I presume you will be gone away before I get home. Write + tell me what is new + exciting around Sackville.

As ever, Marion”

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Boston’s Prudential Center

This view shows the War Memorial Auditorium, the Sheraton-Boston Hotel and the skyscraping Prudential Tower.

Mr. + Mrs. RHJ Bolland, “Woodcott,” Woodbury Grove, Lovedean, Hants, England

"25/10/70

Dear Mom + Dad,

Been to Boston for 4 days + just returned today. Stayed @ Harvard and attended (?) internship conference — dominated by the BLACKS. Met old friends from Malawi. Had gorgeous Chinese/Greek/sea food. Boston makes Syracuse look like a cow town! But all goes well and very glad to be able to go to Boston. Has a newspaper arrived yet from me? My caste (?) has apparently left Malawi.

Love, Pat”

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August 3, 1951 — United Nations Building, East River in background, New York City.

Susan Lane, Northway Lodge, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada

"Dear Susan,

I am having a fabulous time in New York. This afternoon we’re going to the U.N. building today. Yesterday we took a boat ride around Manhattan.

Love, Polly”

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Prudential Center, Boston, Massachusetts [montage]

Left: Prudential Tower—Warn Memorial Auditorium—Sheraton-Boston Hotel
Top: Looking Northeast from Skywalk
Bottom: First Church of Christ Scientist looking from Skywalk

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The Postcard Museum

A collection of my favorite postcards, along with reference and historical information about postcards.

The cards generally fall into one of the following themes:

-- Theodore Roosevelt
-- Boston, MA
-- Rockland, MA
-- Burlington, VT
-- New York, NY (particularly Brooklyn)
-- Public High Schools
-- Law-Related Buildings
-- Computer-Related
-- Baseball
-- 1963

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