The Enterprise Falmouth: Falmouth Public Library Unveils New Digital Collection. “Two years after receiving a grant to digitally preserve Falmouth’s history, the Falmouth Public Library is ready to unveil its new digital collection—Postcards From Falmouth: The Oral Histories. The project is an ongoing effort to curate a series of oral histories based on the library’s extensive collection of historical postcards. Kim DeWall, head of technical services at FPL, was the grant manager for this project, which began in 2019 after the library was awarded funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners under the Library Services Technology Act.”
Savannah Now: Savannah archives: Historic postcards of Savannah now online. “A new collection of Savannah-area postcards donated by the city’s deltiologist (a fancy word for postcard collector), Alderman Nick Palumbo, is now open to the public for research. This new addition to the Palumbo collection of Savannah-area materials includes over 600 postcards that show Savannah’s streets, squares, buildings, neighborhoods, historical events, and much more (some images never before seen by Municipal Archives’ staff)!”
USA Today: Coronavirus postcard that featured Trump’s name cost struggling Postal Service $28 million
USA Today: Coronavirus postcard that featured Trump’s name cost struggling Postal Service $28 million. “A postcard mailed to every American household that included coronavirus social distancing guidelines and also prominently featured President Donald Trump’s name cost the U.S. Postal Service $28 million, USA TODAY has learned. The coronavirus card, which began appearing in U.S. mailboxes in March, drew fire from good-government groups that said it applied a political veneer to the administration’s effort to inform Americans about the pandemic. The cost comes as the U.S. mail service – which Trump has described as ‘a joke’ – is struggling financially.”
The New York Academy of Medicine has launched a new collection of hospital postcards. (Thanks for letting me know, Carrie!) “This pilot project represents a small portion of the NYC sub-collection of the Robert Matz Hospital postcards digitized by the New York Academy of Medicine Library. It showcases 118 hospital postcards from New York City. Hospitals from all five boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) are represented, including public, private, not-for-profit, government, and military hospitals.” The entire collection is about 2000 postcards.
Cornell Chronicle: Stonewall anniversary inspires digitized postcard collection. “Postcards from the past can deliver important lessons for the present, according to Brenda Marston, curator of the Cornell Human Sexuality Collection. Through a grants program, she collaborated with faculty members in digitizing early-20th century postcards of cross-dressers in Europe and the United States as an important resource for scholars of gender and sexuality studies, performance studies, language and literature.”
The Newberry: The Newberry Releases Digital Collection of 26,000 Early 20th-Century Postcards. “The Newberry has launched a digital archive of over 26,000 high-quality images of picture postcards produced by pioneering British company Raphael Tuck & Sons during the first half of the 20th century. Drawing on a vast archive of postcards received by the Newberry in 2016 and developed with the support of Leonard A. Lauder, the new digital collection provides users with a comprehensive body of material for investigating the ways in which British citizens formed and disseminated their perceptions of the world 100 years ago.”
Metro Parks Tacoma: Vintage postcards of Tacoma’s historic parks added to online archive. “Metro Parks Tacoma has added more than 500 new images to its online catalog: vintage park postcards acquired from collector Eric Swanson in 2010. These are unique views of seven of Tacoma’s historic parks, dating back to the 1890s. Some include notes written by past park visitors. The online postcard catalog provides images and detailed descriptions of each card.”
The National Fairgrounds and Circus Archive has digitized its image collection and put it online (this link is to a Facebook post.) There are over 76,000 images available and cover everything from buildings and sideshow people to animals and rides. The images start in the 19th century, looks like, and keep going. I want to find time to browse this.
Flickr: Welcome the Médiathèques Valence Romans Agglo to the Flickr Commons!. “Médiathèques Valence Romans Agglo, or Network of Media Libraries of Valence Romans Agglo, Valence, Rhone-Alpes, consists of 14 public libraries located in the Southeastern region of France. … The Library’s Flickr collection consists of old postcards and photographs of the French cities of Valence, Romans, and their surrounding areas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.”
A postcard project created by a professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro has gone online. “Since 2004, Sheryl Oring has typed out postcards at 71 performances at college campuses, on city streets and in public spaces across the nation. Oring (or sometimes an assistant) would invite people to sit down and write out a postcard to the current or future president — George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump — or a political candidate. As people talked, Oring used a vintage manual typewriter to put their words — their hopes, their fears, their praise, their scorn — onto a blank postcard.” The project has almost 3300 postcards.
Now available: an online archive of Edwardian-era postcards. “Described by researchers at Lancaster University as the social media of its day, with features of Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Messenger and SMS texts, the ‘hands-on’ database includes 1000 postcards, written and sent between 1901 and 1910, together with transcriptions and carefully researched historical data about the people who wrote and received the fascinating cards.”
Available very soon: an improved online collection of Shakespeare-related postcards. “The website, ‘Shakespeare and the Players,’ features Emory English professor Harry Rusche’s collection of more than 1,000 postcards related to Shakespearean theater from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” There is an extant site but it’s getting a pretty hefty upgrade.