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Before the age of jets and cell phones, travel was a grand event to be shared with the ones left behind through postcards. Beginning in the 19th century, these brief little messages offered a very affordable way to share both thoughts and images from abroad. The introduction of linen postcards sometime around 1930 introduced the iconic images of grand travel that stick with us today. Highly staturated color etchings and photographs of famous landmarks that were somehow even greater than the real thing. Quite a few vintage postcards have made it through the years unused, safely tucked away in and forgotten in a drawer or a traveler's book, standing as souvenir of their journey or testament to a forgotten letter home. '

Autograph Letter Signed, in German. on a government postcard, Kimberly, South Africa, March 22, 1897 by KOCH, ROBERT

Koch went to South Africa to assist in fighting the spread of rinderpest which had ravaged cattle stocks across Africa in the 1890s. He stayed for 3 months between 1896-7, at Kimberley, Cape Colony. Koch had concluded his work on cattle plague and left K...

From Schulson Autographs


[Lobby Cards]: A Collection of Motion Picture Title Cards from the 1950s by (WAYNE, John, Frank Sinatra, Spencer Tracey, Bob Hope, David Niven, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Alan Ladd, Joseph Cotten, Doris Day, Jennifer Jones, Shirley MacLaine, William Holden, Sandra Dee, Mickey Rooney, Mamie Van Doren, Kim Novak, Gary Cooper

[No place: no publisher], 1960. Unbound. Near Fine. A collection of 25 decorative title cards for a range of motion pictures released between 1952 -1960. Each measures approximately 14" x 11". There is some wear to the extremities, a few scattered creas...

From Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA



China c.1900 Onward. Gray cloth, pansy floral design covers, 22 x 28 cm., contains 45 color, 40 b.w. postcards, 85 in all each mounted in slit-page album, shows a large variety of the Bund, famous places in and around Shanghai, many are hand-colored, coll...




England. Excellent condition. 45 paper cards, usually colored lithographs with pointille embossments in gold and silver, decorated with additional cut-out parts from other colored embossments, multicolored materials, gold-foil or silver-foil, many with ...

From First Folio


International Aviation Meet. Grant Park Chicago. Panoramic Post Card. by (Aviation) Max Rigo Selling Company

Chicago, IL: Max Rigo, 1911. Folding panoramic postcard (290 x 195 mm). Professionally mounted, gazed, and framed using archival materials. Composite photographic image depicting the Chicago lakefront and early planes. The sender's and receiver's details...

From Alembic Rare Books


Real Photo Postcard of a young Maxwell Perkins, addressed to himself by PERKINS, Maxwell

Unbound. Fine. Real photo postcard (image directly from a negative, not printed). Approximately 5.5" x 3.5". Postmarked 21 July 1906 from Barnstable, and 22 July 1906 from Boston. About fine. Oval photographic image of Perkins sitting in a rocking chair...

From Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA


Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century (Promotional Cards) by Andy Warhol

Title: Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century Author: Andy Warhol Publisher: The Jewish Museum, New York Place: New York Year: 1980 Edition: First edition Binding: Loose plates in paper portfolio Pages: 10 loose plates Language: English Con...

From Budun Archivum - Rare Books from Budapest


Typed Postcard by Cummings, E.E

Silver Lake, NH, 1962. Surface abrasion, not affecting text. Airmail postcard to Howard Rothschild in London, dated shortly before Cummings' death: "thanks immensely for the priceless information about Norway - & for the 2handedswordlifting Swedish hero...

From James Cummins Bookseller


Japanese Lacquer Postcard Album with bone and mother of pearl Onlays by [anonymous]

1900. Japanese Lacquer. Very Good. Oblong Quarto. Large Japanese Lacquer postcard album with bone and mother-of-pearl onlays. Undated, circa 1900. With 22 total postcards, 18 of which are hand-colored collotype postcards, 2 are actual black and white...

From Singularity Rare & Fine


UNIQUE THEATRE (ca. 1905) Photo postcard by Unknown

No binding. Fine. Photo Np: [ca. 1903-1905]. Vintage original real photo postcard, 5 3/8 x 3 3/8"" (14 x 9 cm.), some dust-soiling on verso, NEAR FINE. An extremely scarce photo of a very early nickelodeon. The scarcity of printed movie posters (the dis...

From Walter Reuben, Inc.


Framed Signed Photo-postcard by BARRYMORE, Ethel (1879 - 1959)

1905. unbound. Vintage 5.25 x 3.25-inch postcard featuring a three-quarters bust-portrait of the actress with an intense look, no place, no date, circa 1905. Boldly signed in full across the bottom of the photo. Small crease in the upper right corner, bu...

From Argosy Book Store


Concord of Slovakian Nation." Signed Color Art Reproduction Postcard, title translated as, "Concord of Slovakian Nation. by MUCHA, ALFONS

Mucha's printed name appears to the left under the image and the Czech title to the right. Mucha has signed in his fine hand, "Mucha," above and perpendicular to his printed name. A note on provenance: the signed postcard originally came from Mucha's da...

From Schulson Autographs


(Disasters - Floods) Collection of Thirteen Real Photo Postcards of the Shelbyville, Indiana Flood of 1913

Shelbyville, Indiana: No Publisher, 1913. RARE collection of 13 real photo postcards depicting the historic March 25, 1913 flood of the Big and Little Blue Rivers in Shelbyville, Indiana, still Indiana's worst flood on record. Caused by thick winter s...

From Dale Steffey Books


(Real Photo postcards) Two Real Photo Postcards Depicting Kansas High School Football Teams 1912-1913 by Everett Babcock (pictured player)

Halstead and Walnut, Kansas: No Publisher, 1912. RARE. Two real photo postcards featuring team pictures of a Kansas High School football team. Mailed and sent Feb. 20, 1912 and Feb. 26, 1913. With great written content from player Everett Babcock to his f...

From Dale Steffey Books


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