16 Fascinating Facts About Antique Postcards
1. Postcards of Lynching – Lynching was very popular 1880’s – 1930’s people took pictures of the events as a form of remembrance, they were sold to bystanders. Many times these took place by mob rule, with little Justice. Tuskegee Institute records of lynchings between the years 1880 and 1951 show 3,437 African-American victims, as well as 1,293 white victims. One of the largest mass lynchings in American history occurred in 1891, when a mob lynched eleven Italian immigrants in New Orleans, Louisiana, following their acquittal on charges that they had killed the local police chief
2. Postcard People – are a breed of Straaaaange People. View Here
3. U.S. Post Office figures for the year ending June 30, 1908, revealed that approximately seven hundred million postcards had been mailed in this country
4. Postcards were so ubiquitous that a person could not visit any sizable town, without seeing them in almost every store window
5. Pictures printed in Germany flooded the Market, where lithographic techniques were superior and painstaking workmanship was very cheap.
6. Leading English firm, Raphael Tuck & Sons, exported many delightful cards for the American market. They usually issued their cards in sets of six and were notorious for the extent to which they retouched photographs.
7. In 1873, the Comstock Act was passed, which banned the publication of “obscene matter as well as its circulation in the mails”, the list included Obscenity, contraceptives, abortion info, sex toys, This Act criminalized usage of the United States Postal service to send any of the those items
8. Over 7 billion postcards were mailed worldwide in 1905
9. At the time postcards depicting lynching were made, many did not see them as depicting a heinous crime but as glorifying justice served. While this view is based on the tradition of Lynch Laws that allowed the administration of justice without resorting to the inefficiencies of the legal system.
10. The anonymity of so many of these images poses another problem in that they can now be confused with the many unlabeled cards depicting hangings of rebels during the Mexican Revolution. See Examples
11. 1911 marked the 50th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War and it was remembered in encampments, oratory and through the publication of numerous postcards. By this time, however, the telling of this conflict was colored by political agendas, personal rivalry, and long-standing vendettas, plus personal attitudes not just of the War but towards history itself. Monuments honoring individuals and the recruits of entire States had sprung up all over this Nation, but while some of these simply acknowledged their dedicated service and sacrifice, the placement and wording of others were purposely meant to skew the telling of history
12. Reputations that could not be made on the battlefield were now being forged in granite and ink. Myths embodied in monuments such as the one to the High Water Mark of the Confederacy on the Gettysburg battlefield are still widely promoted to this day with few realizing that this concept was nothing but a political afterthought
13. Fake reproductions of Popular or High Valued Postcards
14. Sad postcards of Executions and Dead Bodies from The Mexican Revolution 1910-1917, Amateur Photographers swarmed that time taking gruesom pictures of the casualties of that Battle See University Collection Here
15. Fake or Reproductions, we have seen several fake postcards, they are hard to tell on the image side but a close examination of the back will help you identify them.
16. How American soldiers used “the death card” as a psychological weapon during the Vietnam War. The card was flung onto the bodies of dead enemy soldiers as part of psychological warfare designed to reap fear in the Vietnamese. The card’s use as a symbol dates earlier–to the days of World War II. It was the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division who first started wearing helmets with an Ace of Spades emblem painted on them. The reference, however, was different. For them, it was a good luck symbol