Old postcards have been experiencing a resurgence in popularity as researchers and collectors realise their remarkable historical value. A century after they were posted, the images on the front, the stamps used and the text on the back of early 1900s postcards have become a window into a world which has been lost.
That dozens of postcards preserved by the Seattle Public Library offer glimpses at the region’s past is wonderful but expected. But scattered among the colorized snapshots and lithographs is rarer treasure – little notes authored by correspondents now long gone. Some share cheer while others offer desperation – “Don’t you love me anymore?” one wrote in 1911 – or worry.
These gems sent more than a century ago might raise a few eyebrows if posted today. Sent between 1904 and 1911, they are part of a 300-strong collection of turn-of-the-20th-century postcards compiled into photograph albums by Jenkin Thomas