Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hi Everyone!

I have been an active postcard collector for over 10 years. I've amassed many cards on a number of different topics, and it's time to share.

I've always tried to figure out for myself why postcard collecting is so fascinating. Partly, it's the thrill of the hunt, partly it's the idea that I'm taking care of original, historical artifacts that are worthy of preservation. With the postcards that show the places I've lived or visited, it's the reminiscence of past times along with the bittersweet notion that you can remember but you can't go back.

Postcards are appealing because they go beyond the original intention of someone sending a quick message to someone else, along with a picture. Over time, the pictures document the culture, the styles, the sociology of the age, and the messages on the other side document what was important to people, what they were like, and the spirit of the times. Some of the most fascinating images to me are the ones that over time have become ironic -- a brand new car model that to us looks ugly and dated, or a motel proudly advertised that would be your absolute last choice today.

What you'll find here will mostly be weighted towards my collecting areas of interest. They include the following places:
  • Portland, Maine
  • Old Orchard Beach
  • Manchester, New Hampshire
  • The Berlin Turnpike in Connecticut
  • New York City

and the following other topics:

  • Amusement Parks and Roller Coasters
  • World's Fairs
  • Offices and Office Equipment
  • Music -- Advertising and Band Photos
  • Hotels, Motels, Diners and Roadside Attractions
Every card is from my personal collection. I'll comment on the images as I include them, and I invite your comments as well. I'll shoot for at least one new entry a week, and we'll see how it goes.