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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]

[Holstengate, Lubeck, Germany]

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.

Fort Greble, R.I.

Fort Greble, R.I.

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

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

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

Persistent URL: 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.... 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

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

Vykort - unga kvinnor, sannolikt Östhammar, Uppland före 1917

Vykort - unga kvinnor, sannolikt Östhammar, Uppland före 1917

Gåva från Leon Zetherström, Uppsala i januari 2011.

Fo216368

Fo216368

Fo216368

Midsommardagen 1917, Rödön. I form av vykort som som var adresserat till Disponeten Gunnar Johansson. Till vänster Anna Braathen, Otto Braathen, Einar Braathen, Hildur Åberg? samt Gunnar Johansson längst till höger.

Midsommardagen 1917, Rödön. I form av vykort som som var adresserat ti...

Midsommardagen 1917, Rödön. I form av vykort som som var adresserat till Disponeten Gunnar Johansson. Till vänster Anna Braathen, Otto Braathen, Einar Braathen, Hildur Åberg? samt Gunnar Johansson längst till höger.

Trollhättan. Inloppet till Slussarna.Stenders Konstförlag. Import

Trollhättan. Inloppet till Slussarna.Stenders Konstförlag. Import

Trollhättan. Inloppet till Slussarna.Stenders Konstförlag. Import

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

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

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

Wilton, Richmond, Va.

Wilton, Richmond, Va.

Description: Wilton, Richmond, Virginia, built 1753 by William Randolph III, Headquarters of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Virginia...Manufacturer: Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, Conn...Date Post... More

Adam Craig House [no title]

Adam Craig House [no title]

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

Hancock-Caskie House

Hancock-Caskie House

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

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

Valentine Museum

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]

Wickham House [no title]

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]

Monumental Church [no title]

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

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

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

History

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

Charles H. Lord

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

Charles H. Lord

Charles H. Lord

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

Photo postcard of rose garden

Photo postcard of rose garden

Photo postcard of rose garden. View of steps and walkway through rose arbors, fountain at end of walkway. Unidentified location. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations, Archives & Research Center

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

Photo postcard of rose garden

Photo postcard of rose garden

Photo postcard of rose garden. Rose garden walkway with house in distance, rose arbor on left, rose standards on right. Unidentified location. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations, Archives & Research Center

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

Postcard of Monticello

Postcard of Monticello

Postcard of Monticello. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations, Archives & Research Center

Ashdale Farm. Photo Postcard of front of Main House

Ashdale Farm. Photo Postcard of front of Main House

Ashdale Farm. Photo postcard of front of Main House. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations, Archives & Research Center

Ashdale Farm. Photo Postcard of front of Main House

Ashdale Farm. Photo Postcard of front of Main House

Ashdale Farm. Photo postcard of front of Main House. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations, Archives & Research Center

Photo postcard of friends at Castle Leod, Scotland

Photo postcard of friends at Castle Leod, Scotland

Photo postcard of friends at Castle Leod, Scotland. Man and two women sitting in front of ivy covered doorway of Castle Leod. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations, Archives & Research Center

Photo postcard of Castle Leod, Scotland

Photo postcard of Castle Leod, Scotland

Photo postcard of Castle Leod, Scotland. View of ivy covered castle on hill. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations, Archives & Research Center

Ashdale Farm. Photo Postcard of front of Main House

Ashdale Farm. Photo Postcard of front of Main House

Ashdale Farm. Photo postcard of front of Main House. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations, Archives & Research Center

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

Richmond College

Richmond College

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

Ashdale Farm. Photo Postcard of front of Main House, view from right.

Ashdale Farm. Photo Postcard of front of Main House, view from right.

Ashdale Farm. Photo Postcard of front of Main House, view from right. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations, Archives & Research Center

Photo postcard of Castle Leod, Scotland

Photo postcard of Castle Leod, Scotland

Photo postcard of Castle Leod, Scotland. Distant view of Castle Leod on hill, new wing on right. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations, Archives & Research Center

Ashdale Farm. Photo Postcard of front of Main House

Ashdale Farm. Photo Postcard of front of Main House

Ashdale Farm. Photo postcard of front of Main House. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations, Archives & Research Center

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]

Forest Hill Park [no title]

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

Egyptian Building [no title]

Egyptian Building [no title]

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

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