In this era of e-mail, instant messaging, and cameraphones, the notion of a handwritten note in the mail seems like ancient history. Postcards were once a quick and inexpensive way to drop a line. Today, old postcards provide remarkable insight into our past; massive archived collections provide sources for historic research. The images can be hilarious, nostalgic and bizarre, and the messages quaint, puzzling and often poignant.
Collecting postcards is a passion for many people, and has been since the late 19th century. I can't explain why I collect postcards from complete strangers, but I'm drawn to these nostalgic images and personal notes. The posts here are from my modest collection, and will include the date, message and image caption on the reverse. On occasion, I will also offer some editorial comment, and a few links to more information on the card's subject matter. Your comments are welcome and appreciated.