Enterprise Falmouth: Falmouth Public Library Unveils New Digital Collection

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 archives: Historic postcards of Savannah now online (Savannah Now)

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.”

BBC: Web sleuths spot British Museum gaffe online

BBC: Web sleuths spot British Museum gaffe online. “The British Museum is updating its online collection after mistaking a copyright notice for the name of a Turkish postcard-printing company. The museum described ‘Her Hakki Mahfuzdur’ as ‘Turkey’s largest producer of postcards’. But a Turkish diplomat on Twitter pointed out the phrase means ‘all rights reserved’ – and is not the name of a stationery company.”

New York Academy of Medicine Launches Hospital Postcard Pilot Project

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

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: 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.”

KUNC: Citizen Historians Hunt Down Rare Postcards, Pieces Of Colorado’s Past

KUNC: Citizen Historians Hunt Down Rare Postcards, Pieces Of Colorado’s Past. “When John Meissner strolled into Greeley antique shop Lincoln Park Emporium recently, it didn’t take long for a display of postcards near the counter to catch his eye. ‘These are amazing because you never — see this is like, new “old” stock,’ Meissner said, flipping through the rack. ‘So they’re perfect.’ The cards, placed next to some boxes of candy, depict a variety of Colorado tourist spots. They’re all from Denver’s Sanborn Souvenir Company. The cost? 25 cents apiece.”

Franklin County: The Postcard View to be presented on Sept. 24 (The Daily Bulldog)

The Daily Bulldog: Franklin County: The Postcard View to be presented on Sept. 24. “The Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company was founded in 1909 in Belfast by Rudolph Herman Cassens. His goal was to photograph small towns and rural areas from Maine to California, producing ‘real photo’ postcards that would be valued for promoting tourism. Cassens did not fulfill his dream of photographing the entire country, but his company did produce over 50,000 glass plate negatives of New England and Upstate New York between 1909 and 1947. The collection is full of historic businesses, family homes and local landmarks…. The collection is being digitized and more than 100,0000 thousand images can now be viewed on the museum’s website in their online database.”

Metro Parks Tacoma: Vintage postcards of Tacoma’s historic parks added to online archive

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.”

Flickr: Welcome the Médiathèques Valence Romans Agglo to the Flickr Commons!

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.”

Protect and preserve: UNCG professor’s postcard project is now online (News & Record)

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.

New Database of Edwardian-Era 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.”

A Site for Shakespeare-Theater-Related Postcards

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.