Postcards have been a popular, inexpensive way to record visits,
remember travels and keep in touch since 1893 when the Postal service
changed regulations to allow images on one side of what had been
known as a postal card. Most areas of the United States have been
recorded on postcards, and many of these postcards have survived
to become an important visual record of sites that were deemed significant
enough to sell or distribute for promotional purposes.
Most of the postcards presented here are of buildings considered
important to education, government, commerce or religion; there
are also cards illustrating parks, streets and residences. The narrative
for each image seeks to explore the significance of the view represented,
to describe them, and to place them in an historical and community
The Library has maintained a collection of postcards as an important
source of images of a retrospective of Springfield and the surrounding
area. A variety of themes and periods are represented in the 113
postcards displayed. The postcards are presented in three sizes:
thumbnail size for browsing, and larger images on the narrative
pages, which then link to even larger images.
The site can be approached a number of ways. Browse by thumbnails
divided into categories via the thumbnail
index. There is an alphabetical list of the postcard subjects linked to the narrative pages. The site
is also keyword searchable. Find links
to these pages at the bottom of each narrative page.
To access bibliographic and origin documentation, select View
from your browsers menu, then select Source.
This project is made possible by a Library Services and Technology
Act (LSTA) grant from the Office of the Secretary of State, Missouri
State Library and is a reflection of the Library's commitment to
providing primary source material on the Internet.