As the years go by, we evolve and technology advances, and somehow in
the midst of it all, we lose little things — important things that
didn’t seem to matter at the time. My grandmother used to travel quite a
bit through Canada and Europe. Every time she left for a trip, I
couldn’t wait for her to send us postcards. It didn’t matter if she was
traveling with us, discovering local jaunts, or traveling
internationally by herself, my grandmother would always stop at the
local souvenir shop to pick up postcards for her friends and family.
Cards with messages have been posted since the
creation of postal services. The earliest known postcard was sent in
London in 1840. The first American postcard is said to have been
available in 1873, depicting the Interstate Industrial Exposition in
Chicago. Later that year, the first “Postal Cards” were issued by the
U.S. Post Office Department, featuring the bust of Liberty. Postcards in both forms became popular as a
result of the World Columbian Exposition in 1893, also held in Chicago.
May of 1898 marked the start of the Golden Age of postcards in the U.S.
when, through an Act of Congress, the same message privileges and rates
were given to both types.
A book of discarded postcards found gathering dust in a Cornish charity shop has been revealed to be the incredible photo-journal of a Cardiff soldier who fought and was injured in one of World War I’s bloodiest battles. Keen historian Robert Aindow discovered the collection in Truro and went about researching the young soldier depicted in each sepia image, which were sent home with messages to family and friends during the war.
Taipei, Feb. 1 Visitors to the Taipei International Book
Exhibition will be able to get a glimpse into the scenic beauty of days
past thanks to hundreds of old post cards on display, some from as far
back as 90 years ago. The exhibit, which will go on display Feb.
5-10, showcases more than 300 post cards produced in Taiwan and China
featuring scenery, portraits, architecture, historic events, flora and
fauna, and local customs.