157. [POSTCARDS, TRAVEL EPHEMERA & TOURIST PROMOTIONALS]. Collection of almost 500 postcards, accordion postcard folders, travel destination brochures and guides, hotel brochures, tour bus folders, programs, and other ephemera. Most are scenic postcards and travel related items collected in the early and mid 1920s. Used postcards have dates ranging from 1910 to 1953. Mostly fine.
An interesting glimpse at America when things happened more slowly; the automobile was present but did not dominate; and the postcard was one of the best ways to preserve memories and communicate. The 382 scenic postcards and 29 accordion postcard folders (3 from railroad lines) depict 24 states, the District of Columbia, Alaska, 3 Canadian provinces, and Mexico. Strongly represented are Texas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Subjects include public buildings and hotels, interior views, cityscapes, landscapes, the San Antonio zoo, Yellowstone Park, Field Museum, Mammoth Cave, California orange groves, Catalina Island, and the nation's capital. A sports postcard depicts the "Polo Grounds, New York City, Home of the New York Giants" (oval portrait of manager Johnny McGraw at upper right). In addition to the travel destination cards and folders, there are 77 postcards on other topics (holidays, feminine beauty, humor, art, floral, etc.) plus 14 other ephemera. ($150-300)
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