These postcards, made year-round and bearing both holiday-related and more generic messages, were the work of local women. The small industry that sprang up around the cards was a way for French and Belgian citizens, many of whom were displaced from their homes during the war, to earn money doing portable piecework. Women would embroider a message or design on a strip of silk mesh or organza. The companies that mounted the finished strips on paper postcards churned the items out in factories. The Library of Birmingham estimates that, in total, around 10 million such cards were produced during the war.
Christina Broom started her career at the age of 40 in 1900s and was seen as Britain's first female press photographer. Broom captured pictures of soldiers having Christmas Day lunch in their London barracks during World War One. Her collection of 40,000 images included pictures of suffragettes, Queen Victoria and London in early 20th century. Mrs Broom made her craft a family affair, involving her daughter Winifred who printed her photographs as postcards, which the talented photographer then sold from her stall in London when postcards became popular. Museum of London Docklands will hold an exhibition of her works early next year to show her extraordinary life.
In its prime, the Dresden-based firm of Stengel & Co, founded in 1889, was the largest producer of postcards in the world. The firm’s principal claim to fame was as the publisher of superb full-colour art cards in its World’s Galleries series, which have been described as some of the finest-quality postcards ever produced.
GLENS FALLS NY -- When people called photographer Richard Dean, who died
in 2008, the “Dean of Adirondack Photographers,” it was more than just a
play on his name. “It had that look — that ‘50s connection to the
Adirondack tourism,” said Todd DeGarmo, director of The Folklife Center
at Crandall Public Library, referring to Dean’s photography. “It was
documenting that fantasy — almost a Walt Disney kind of feel.” Dean
shot hundreds of thousands of images of village main streets, motels,
tourist attractions and scenic spots in the Adirondacks. Many of his photos were made into postcards and others were used for tourism promotion. The
photographer and his work will be the topic of a free talk at 7 p.m.
Wednesday in the community room in the basement of Crandall Public