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A postcard or post card is a piece of thick paper or thin cardboard, typically rectangular, intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. Non-rectangular shapes may also be used but are rare. There are novelty exceptions, such as wooden postcards, copper postcards sold in the Copper Country of the U.S. state of Michigan, and coconut "postcards" from tropical islands.

In some places, one can send a postcard for a lower fee than a letter. Stamp collectors distinguish between postcards (which require a postage stamp) and postal cards (which have the postage pre-printed on them). While a postcard is usually printed and sold by a private company, individual or organization, a postal card is issued by the relevant postal authority (often with pre-printed postage).

Production of postcards blossomed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As an easy and quick way for individuals to communicate, they became extremely popular. The study and collecting of postcards is termed deltiology (from Greek deltion, small writing tablet, and English -logy, the study of).

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[Holstengate, Lubeck, Germany], Vintage Postcard by Detroit Publishing Co.

[Holstengate, Lubeck, Germany], Vintage Postcard by Detroit Publishing...

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Photographic Company, 1905. Print no. "1879". Forms part of: Views of Germany in the Photochrom print collection.

[Da Mulla Palace, Venice, Italy] view, photochrome print postcard.

[Da Mulla Palace, Venice, Italy] view, photochrome print postcard.

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J foreign section, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905. Print no. "6997". More information about the Photochrom Print Collection is available at ht... More

The L.A. Thompson Scenic Railway, Venice, California

The L.A. Thompson Scenic Railway, Venice, California

Repository: California Historical Society..Date: Undated..General note: Jack Parsons, Los Angeles, Cal...Format: Postcard..Digital object ID: CHS2015.1894..Preferred citation: The L.A. Thompson scenic railway, ... More

'Is Two over One Railroad Fare?' [no title]

'Is Two over One Railroad Fare?' [no title]

Description: This unique photograph presents to view the only point in the world where three trunk line trains cross each other, at the same time and over their separate tracks. At the top is shown a passenger ... More

The John Frank Keith Collection is held by the Library Company of Philadelphia, a non-profit research library

The John Frank Keith Collection is held by the Library Company of Phil...

Keith, John Frank, 1883-1947, photographer...ca. 1910-1940..1 photographic print : gelatin silver; 14 x 9 cm. (5.5 x 3.5 in.)..Image provided for reference purposes. Please visit our rights and reproductions w... More

Fort Greble, R.I. - Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives

Fort Greble, R.I. - Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives

Local Accession Number: PC 183..Description: Postcard photograph of 4 12 in. mortars at Fort Greble during World War I...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Donated by Jean Brannum Nichols..Size: 3x5..Medium: Print... More

Galt Mine No. 3

Galt Mine No. 3

Inclusive Date(s): 1912-1916.souvenir folder, postcards of Lethbridge.18 colourized postcards.10.1 cm x 15 cm ea..To obtain high quality and larger reproductions of this image please visit the Galt Museum & Arc... More

Barbara Laney modeling a two-piece swin suit: Winter Haven, Florida

Barbara Laney modeling a two-piece swin suit: Winter Haven, Florida

: www.floridamemory.com/items/show/94795 ( http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/94795 ) ..Local call number: CWH1154..Title: Barbara Laney modeling a two-piece swim suit: Winter Haven, Florida..Date: ca. 195... More

The Pinnevik bathe in Lysekil, Bohuslän, Sweden

The Pinnevik bathe in Lysekil, Bohuslän, Sweden

Caravans at the Pinnevik bathe in Lysekil. The car furthest to the left is a 1951 Chevrolet. ..Husvagnar vid Pinneviksbadet i Lysekil. Bilen längst till vänster är en Chevrolet 1951. ..Parish (socken): Lysekil ... More

Convivial company, king-sized cocktails, hearty sandwiches, a mug of brew and good fellowship are ingredients for fun at the Old London Pub & Grille

Convivial company, king-sized cocktails, hearty sandwiches, a mug of b...

Enjoy this enchanting replica of a 16th century country pub at the Lenox Hotel and Motor Inn, 710 Boylston St., Boston, Mass. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Aerial View of Virginia Union University, 1500 North

Aerial View of Virginia Union University, 1500 North

Description: These buildings of Virginia granite form part of a fifty-five acre campus. The Institution was chartered in 1896. It offers Liberal Arts and Theological courses to 500 negro college students each... More

Enough juice in this orange for the whole family

Enough juice in this orange for the whole family

The orange, a native of Asiatic countries, was brought to America by the Spaniards in the 16th century. The blossoms are exquisitely fragrant with delicate white petals. A tree in all its golden glory of ripene... More

Convivial company, king-sized cocktails, hearty sandwiches, a mug of brew and good fellowship are ingredients for fun at the Old London Pub & Grille

Convivial company, king-sized cocktails, hearty sandwiches, a mug of b...

Enjoy this enchanting replica of a 16th century country pub at the Lenox Hotel and Motor Inn, 710 Boylston St., Boston, Mass. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Enough juice in this orange for the whole family

Enough juice in this orange for the whole family

The orange, a native of Asiatic countries, was brought to America by the Spaniards in the 16th century. The blossoms are exquisitely fragrant with delicate white petals. A tree in all its golden glory of ripene... More

Virginia Union University, 1500 North Lombardy St., Richmond, Va.

Virginia Union University, 1500 North Lombardy St., Richmond, Va.

Description: These buildings of Virginia granite form part of a fifty-five acre campus. The Institution was chartered in 1896. It offers Liberal Arts and Theological courses to 500 negro college students each... More

Private John H. Rowe of Co. B, 16th Infantry Regiment in uniform with bayoneted rifle

Private John H. Rowe of Co. B, 16th Infantry Regiment in uniform with ...

Photograph shows identified soldier. Title devised by Library staff. Deposit; Tom Liljenquist; 2017; (D073)

Sending you a carload of grapefruit

Sending you a carload of grapefruit

The orange, a native of Asiatic countries, was brought to America by the Spaniards in the 16th century. The blossoms are exquisitely fragrant with delicate white petals. A tree in all its golden glory of ripene... More

Veue de l'église Sainct Pierre de Montpellier
Brewster Water Mill built 1660
Old Stone House [untitled], Richmond Virginia

Old Stone House [untitled], Richmond Virginia

Description: Carry me back to old Virginia. Poe Shrine, at Richmond, Virginia. Erected about 1686, the building is probably the oldest in Richmond. Although it has no direct association with Edgar Allan Poe, ... More

Hab.t de Juida from Playing Cards (for Quartets) 'Costumes des Peuples Étrangers'
Interior of St. John's Church, Richmond, Va.

Interior of St. John's Church, Richmond, Va.

Description: St. John's Church (Episcopal), a plain edifice at the corner of Broad and 24th Streets on Church Hill, was built in 1740, and is the oldest church in Richmond. The pew still remains where Patrick ... More

Old mill, built 1774, Cape Cod, Mass.
Adam Craig House [no title], Richmond Virginia

Adam Craig House [no title], Richmond Virginia

Description: 'Adam Craig House' Richmond, Virginia, Built ca. 1787, Owned by the A.P.V.A, Birthplace of Poe's 'Helen.'..Manufacturer: Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, Conn...Date Postmarked: Not postmarked...R... More

Old windmill, Eastham, Cape Cod, built in Plymouth Mass in 1793
Old windmill, 1793, Eastham, Cape Cod
Overlooking Stage Harbor, Chatham, Cape Cod, windmill built circa 1797
To Sinai via the desert. Statue of Waghorn at Port Tewfik

To Sinai via the desert. Statue of Waghorn at Port Tewfik

Title from: Catalogue of photographs & lantern slides ... [1936?]. Caption on negative: [Sta]tue of Waghorn at Port Tewfik. Date from Matson LOT cards. Photograph taken from Sinai's western coast on the Gulf of... More

Millard Filmore, born in New York January 7th 1800. President from 1850 to 1853. Died March 8th 1874. Aged 74 years. Compliments of Julius Saul, leading clothier, 324 & 326 River St., Troy.
Old Robbins House, Yarmouth, Massachusetts
Millard Filmore, born in New York January 7th 1800. President from 1850 to 1853. Died March 8th 1874. Aged 74 years. Compliments of Julius Saul, leading clothier, 324 & 326 River St., Troy.
Hancock-Caskie House, Richmond Virginia

Hancock-Caskie House, Richmond Virginia

Description: Hancock-Caskie House, Built 1809-09, 2 North Fifth Street, Richmond, Virginia, Headquarters Richmond Red Cross, Published by the Valentine Museum...Manufacturer: Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, C... More

Gen. Benj. Lincoln's house, Hingham, Mass. postcard
Monumental Church, Twelfth and Broad Sts., Richmond, Va.

Monumental Church, Twelfth and Broad Sts., Richmond, Va.

Description: Monumental Church (Twelfth and Broad Sts.) Richmond, Va., On the night of Dec. 26, 1811, and during the performance therein of a pantomime called 'The Bleeding Nun,' the Richmond Theatre was totall... More

Monumental Church, Richmond, Va.

Monumental Church, Richmond, Va.

Description: Monumental Church (Episcopal) stands on Broad Street, on what was formerly Academy Square. It was built as a memorial and upon the site of the old Richmond Theatre, destroyed by fire December 26th... More

Valentine Museum, Richmond Virginia

Valentine Museum, Richmond Virginia

Description: The Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia, Garden Front, Wickham-Valentine House, Robert Mills, Architect 1812...Manufacturer: Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, Conn...Date Postmarked: Not postmarke... More

Wickham House [no title], Richmond Virginia

Wickham House [no title], Richmond Virginia

Description: The Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia, Staircase, Wickham-Valentine House, Robert Mills, Architect, 1812..Manufacturer: Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, Conn...Date Postmarked: Not postmarked..... More

Monumental Church [no title], Richmond Virginia

Monumental Church [no title], Richmond Virginia

Description: Monumental Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia, Built 1814, Robert Mills, Architect, A Memorial to Victims of the Theatre Fire of 1811...Manufacturer: Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, Conn...Date... More

Abigail (Smith) Adams (1744-1818)
Business card, Samuel L. Winsor, commission merchant, Duxbury, Massachusetts
Advertising card for Winsor's Regular Line, the first class extreme clipper ship, Ocean Rover
Les heures de la nuit
Wickham House Drawing Room [no title]

Wickham House Drawing Room [no title]

Description: The Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia, Victorian Drawing Room, 1830's, Wickham-Valentine House..Manufacturer: Dexter Press, Inc...Date Postmarked: Not postmarked...Rights: This item is in the pu... More

Printed calling card, 38 Summer Street, Dorchester

Printed calling card, 38 Summer Street, Dorchester

This item contains an unidentified visiting card found among Samuel May Jr.’s letters. It announces the time and place of a meeting to be held in the unnamed sender’s home in Dorchester. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Postcard from Samuel P. Langley, undated
Washington Monument, (Capitol Square), Richmond, Va.

Washington Monument, (Capitol Square), Richmond, Va.

Description: This imposing work of art by Thomas Crawford (father of F. Marion Crawford, the novelist) has been declared by competent critics to be the finest equestrian statue in the world. It was unveiled Fe... More

History -  Annisquam, Gloucester, Massachusetts

History - Annisquam, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Notes on bridge taken from 1838-1862 Gloucester town records, notes dated 1939-41; typed copy of 1859 town records, 1957. Also postcard of Schooner Harvey using drawbridge with painting based on Martha Hale pho... More

Charles H. Lord - Jackson Homestead and Museum archives

Charles H. Lord - Jackson Homestead and Museum archives

Portrait, man standing with cane and hat in both hands. Courtesy of Historic Newton

Charles H. Lord - Jackson Homestead and Museum archives

Charles H. Lord - Jackson Homestead and Museum archives

Portrait, man standing with cane and hat in both hands. Courtesy of Historic Newton

Portrait of Poe - Edgar Allan Poe Shrine

Portrait of Poe - Edgar Allan Poe Shrine

Description: Portrait of Poe, The Edgar Allan Poe Shrine, Richmond, Va. Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe, copied for the Poe Shrine from a daguerreotype owned by his mother-in-law, Mrs. Clemin...Manufacturer: Tichno... More

Eastern view of Yarmouth 1840 after barber
Second Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Va [no title]

Second Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Va [no title]

Description: [Memorial], Second Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Virginia, 1840 by Frederick Bransford..Manufacturer: Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, Conn...Date Postmarked: Not postmarked...Rights: This item i... More

Eastern view of Yarmouth 1840 after barber
Richmond College, Richmond Virginia

Richmond College, Richmond Virginia

Description: Richmond College, the oldest and best equipped college in Richmond, is situated at the western end of the city, within a stone's throw at Lee Circle. The college was established in 1840, and is Ba... More

Valentine Museum [presentation drawing by M. Wright and Son, architects]

Valentine Museum [presentation drawing by M. Wright and Son, architect...

Description: [front:] Marcellus Wright and Sons, Architect, G.C. Stone Del.[reverse:] The Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia including Bransford - Cecil Memorial House, built 1840, re-erected 1954...Manufactu... More

[Adelina Patti], actress, vintage photo card
Forest Hill Stone House [no title]

Forest Hill Stone House [no title]

Description: Forest Hill Stone House, Built 1843 in Forest Hill Park, Richmond, Virginia, Owned by the City and operated by Forest Hill Park Association, Published by the Valentine Museum...Manufacturer: Meride... More

Forest Hill Park [no title], Richmond Virginia

Forest Hill Park [no title], Richmond Virginia

Description: Forest Hill Stone House, Built 1843, In Forest Hill Park, Richmond, Va. Owned by the City and operated by the Forest Hill Park Association...Manufacturer: Everett Waddey Company, Richmond, Va...Dat... More

Miscellaneous household receipts, Duxbury, Massachusetts
[Sarah Bernhardt], actress, vintage photo card

[Sarah Bernhardt], actress, vintage photo card

..en "Jeanne D´Arc" 22 oct.1844"

Bridge to Westfield Water Works, Granville, Ohio
Egyptian Building [no title], Richmond Virginia

Egyptian Building [no title], Richmond Virginia

Description: The Medical College of Virginia, Egyptian Building, Built 1845, Richmond, Va...Manufacturer: Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, Conn...Date Postmarked: Not postmarked...Rights: This item is in the p... More

Home of General Robert E. Lee, Richmond, Va.

Home of General Robert E. Lee, Richmond, Va.

Description: Home of General Robert E. Lee. While in Virginia, General Lee had as his residence the house at 707 East Franklin Street. It was built about 1845 by a Mr. Stuart, a wealthy Scotch merchant, and w... More

Hotell de pologne i Leipzig står i brand. 29-30 augusti 1846. Vykort.  Tecknat motiv. Privata bilder från brandchefen för Sundsvalls brandkår Gustaf Hellgren och hans familj.

Hotell de pologne i Leipzig står i brand. 29-30 augusti 1846. Vykort. ...

Hotell de pologne i Leipzig står i brand. 29-30 augusti 1846. Vykort. Tecknat motiv. Privata bilder från brandchefen för Sundsvalls brandkår Gustaf Hellgren och hans familj.

Hotel Rueger, Richmond, Va.

Hotel Rueger, Richmond, Va.

Description: Hotel Rueger, 9th and Bank Sts., Richmond, Va. Hotel Rueger is a modern, fireproof structure. Located in the heart of the business district, and occupying a commanding position overlooking the Ca... More

Dermigny (1848), actress, vintage photo card
Marie Magnier, actress, vintage photo card
Hadamard, actress, vintage photo card
Richmond College, West Franklin St., Richmond, Va.

Richmond College, West Franklin St., Richmond, Va.

Description: Richmond College was chartered in 1849, known as the Va. Baptist Seminary, the same being established at the present location of the college in 1834, under the presidency of Rev. Robert Ryland. Th... More

Englewood Beach, West Yarmouth, Mass.
The Christmas Tree Shops, corner of Willow St. and Old King's Highway
First Bass River Bridge, South Yarmouth, Mass.
West Yarmouth on Cape Cod
Poem, "Old salt, Cape Cod, Mass.," with images of an old fisherman and a doorway
Green Harbor cottages, Historical Society of Old Yarmouth
Bayberry Lodge and Cottages, West Yarmouth, Mass.
Yarmouth Seaside Village, Bass River, Mass.
Bass River Fuel Oil Company, South Yarmouth, Mass.
Wychmere Harbor, Historical Society of Old Yarmouth
Poem, "The peace of old Cape Cod" with images of a house and a windmill
Gift shop, Old Thacher Place, 162 Old King's Highway, Yarmouth Port, Mass.
Mayflower Place, Historical Society of Old Yarmouth
The King's Highway, Yarmouth Port, Mass.
Bass River, West Dennis, MA
Bass River Liquor Store private label whiskey
Old Yarmouth Inn, 223 Old King's Highway, Yarmouth Port, Mass.
Old King's Highway, looking east, Yarmouth Port, Mass.
Giovanni Crupi - Badia Vecchia colla Palma-Taormina

Giovanni Crupi - Badia Vecchia colla Palma-Taormina

Badia Vecchia colla Palma-Taormina.

An old Cape Cod house
Davenport ranch house, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
Aerial view of Steve and Sue's Soft Serve, West Yarmouth, Mass.
Cummaquid Inn, Old King's Highway, Cummaquid, Mass.
Giovanni Crupi - Strada in - Taormina

Giovanni Crupi - Strada in - Taormina

Pad in Taormina, aan weerszijden begroeid met cactussen.

Main Street, on left 220 Old King's Highway, Yarmouth Port, Mass.
South side Main Street, West Dennis
Giovanni Crupi - Strada in Castel Mola
State Road, Yarmouth, Mass.
Weymouth, Massachusetts, lumber yard ship boat
The Village Inn, 92 Old King's Highway, Yarmouth Port, Mass.
Brevkort med ålderdomlig linköpingsvy. Den öppna ytan kallades vid tiden Sankt Larstorget. I än äldre tid benämnt Landskyrkotorget med anledning av dess läge invid landsförsamlingens kyrka, Sankt Larskyrkan som skymtar i höger bildkant. Snett mittemot kyrkan reser sig Linköpings gamla teater, Assemblé- och spektakelhuset.

Brevkort med ålderdomlig linköpingsvy. Den öppna ytan kallades vid tid...

Enskilt arkiv 124 emanerar från Pehr Sandberg (1867-1942). Han utbildade sig till möbelsnickare, bland annat i Hamburg. År 1893 var han tillbaka i Linköping och började arbeta i faderns möbelverkstad. Efterhand... More

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