“A Little Piece of Mexico: The Postcards of Celebrated Photographers
Guillermo Kahlo and his Contemporaries,” a show drawn from the personal
collection of San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, is truly
extraordinary. On view through Dec. 29 in the Jewett Gallery at the San Francisco Public Library’s
main branch, the exhibit of more than 200 historical postcards from the
early 1900s is varied and rich, boasting images of diverse people and
their customs, war and conflict, generals and traitors, and nature and
A collection of English seaside postcards collected by German tourists before the Second World War, confiscated by Hitler and used to plan the Nazi invasion of Britain have recently been unearthed. The black and white images of coastal beauty spots were originally taken home by families as mementoes of their visit to the island. After the outbreak of war in 1939 the German military machine collected thousands of the postcards as Adolf Hitler plotted to conquer Britain.
Miami is not perfect, unless of course you are looking at it through a collection of postcards. In 1896, Henry Flagler's train tracks made their way down south and Miami was officially incorporated as a city. Two years later, the postcard hit the mainstream when Congress passed the Private Mailing Card Act of 1898, allowing for private publishers (postcards had previously been printed and pre-stamped by the government only) and inadvertently creating a lifelong marriage between Miami and the postcard.