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Postcards as Communication

Postcard of Snow Hall

Postcards were particularly useful as a cheap method to send pictures along with a message. Known as real photo postcards, a photograph or negative could be sent to a local photography or stationary store and printed on to hundreds of postcards. In the 1910s, a set of 100 postcards cost the equivalent of about $25 today. The quality of the image depended of the photographer, but the quality of the postcard was up to the manufacturer. Some of the postcards within the Fitzpatrick-Postma Collection have photographs that were printed on crooked or only partially printed. 

Real photo postcards not only allowed people to easily share pictures of their family, they could also show off their businesses. Below are a few postcards used by business owners or workers to show off to family or friends.