Posts tagged “postcards

A Pre-Preservation, Anti–French Quarter Monument

Posted on May 15, 2012

This ca. 1908 postcard is just one of some 30,000 vintage postcards from the Curt Teich Postcard Archives at Lake County Discovery Museum in Lake County, Illinois, that are available for online viewing. It is a rich resource for documenting the places tourists visited a century ago. This card shows the view one would have beheld when standing at Royal and St. Louis Streets and looking southwest (upriver) toward the Monteleone Hotel in the New Orleans French Quarter. On the right side of Royal Street is the architecture for which the world knows New Orleans. The Court House shown at left was a new addition to the Vieux Carré. Built in the Beaux-Arts style that was popular for civic buildings around the turn of the century (thanks…

William Gardiner’s Scenic Mackinac

Posted on April 27, 2012

The Detroit Publishing Company, which started in 1896 as Detroit Photographic Company, produced more than 25,000 photographs into the early 20th century. The street view pictured above is archived in the Library of Congress Detroit Publishing Company Collection. Photographs such as this one were the raw material from which the first picture postcards were created. As noted in the web archive’s description, the company “obtained the exclusive rights to use the Swiss ‘Photochrom’ process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This process permitted the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market.” The same demand for travel mementos created many business opportunities wherever tourists went. In the same year that the Detroit…