In 1971, browsing in a French flea market, the art dealer John Kasmin found the postcard that turned him from a fan into a serious collector. It was made in 1906 by a Normandy printer from a photograph of two figures in a bare room. One is a man in an ermine-trimmed suit, the other is a bear, wearing a frock. They both wear rollerskates and appear to have just completed a slalom around some cider bottles. Both the man and the bear – whom the card names "Lolotte" – look exhausted and glum. "It is," the veteran gallery owner says, "just the most wonderful thing."
Sally and Mark Wingham are the new owners of Picture Postcard Monthly – a 56-page a month publication sold at fairs around the country and with subscribers at home and abroad, including most English speaking countries, Europe and Scandinavia.
Postcards, as much as anything, provide a rose-tinted picture into the paradise of the past or, in the case of those awesome old postcards from the 30s, and 40s, a hand-drawn idealization. However whitewashed and glamed up, they still give a vivid picture of a past world, and in the following postcards from the Florida State Library archives, that world is Miami Beach.