Tour of USA in Vintage Postcards

 
 
 
 
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     I began this site in 2000 when there were not a lot of vintage postcard collections online. Ten years later, there are so many online, and Google does a good job of finding them,  I don't spend as much time searching for new sites and correcting links.  However, if you find a broken link, and particularly if you know where the site was relocated, please let ME know and send me the new URL.


   
     Have  you ever wondered what it would have been like to  journey across the United States in 1910,  traveling through countryside and small towns,  craning your neck to look up at the skyscrapers of the cities, stopping to see the current events and sites of this glorious country's history?

     This is a special project for history and vintage postcard buffs everywhere.  It's a directory of non-profit web sites that feature vintage postcards ("Penny Postcards"), including the USGenWeb Project, American Local History Network,  Historical and Genealogical Societies, Private Libraries and Museums,  Universities, Towns, Parks and Private Collectors, and others. 

     It does not include any commercial listings (unless they contain significant galleries for public viewing with no pricing information).  Also not included are auctions,  electronic greeting cards or collections of modern (post 1940's) postcards (a couple mixed in are OK).  Since this is intended to be a "historic tour" of the U.S.A.,  I reserve the right not to link to sites that don't fit comfortably with the early 1900's theme.  

    I started this site several years ago to promote an interest in history and vintage postcard collecting.  Although my own collections are included, most of the postcard collections on the tour are the creations of others. I just coordinated the tour.   I host several USGenWeb and independent history sites, and my interest in history and genealogy led me to start collecting vintage cards.  My most significant collection is Chicago, but I also collect a few  northeastern Illinois towns,  "lowcountry" South Carolina, East Tennessee, and Georgia town cards. 

     I am often asked if I would like to receive scanned images of postcards to upload to this site.  Unfortunately, I've got boxes and boxes of my own  cards that I haven't had time to scan, but I would recommend that, if you want to make a contribution, check with your state or county USGenWeb coordinators and find out if they'd be interested. 

    Please do send me links if you have a great non-commercial vintage postcard colletion online, or if you come across one that is not listed.  I try to keep the links updated, but so very many sites listed originally on these pages have been taken down or moved to another server.  Let me know if you find a broken link. God bless you if you changed servers and were able to leave a re-direct page! 


WHAT'S NEW:    I am still an avid postcard collector, and continue to update my online collections and this site.  I have recently launched a little online store to offer high resolution digital images of some of my favorite vintage postcards and lithographs. For the most part, these are 600 dpi images, appropriate for print media and enlargement, and all images have been digitally cleaned, restored, and color corrected.   VINTAGE IMAGES

My own vintage postcard online collections, along with my history and genealogy sites are listed at Pat's Place
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In Memoriam - David Donahue  

     I would like to dedicate this site to my dear friend, David Donahue, who passed away in November 2004.   David, an avid Tennessee genealogist and historian, was my buddy and helper in getting this site started when there were not that many postcards online.  Thank you, David. I miss you.

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Don't miss these Collections!
Outstanding in content and presentation!


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 OR, the impatient can fly directly to a particular state
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Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Washington D.C.
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

 Don't miss the special collections at the end of the tour!


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