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Postcards: Greetings from the Prints & Photographs Division

Selected Collections

This is a sampling of postcard collections in the Prints & Photographs Division, chosen to show the variety, quantity, and points of access both in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room and from afar. Some collections are solely postcard-based while others may have additional visual materials or resources. Finding aids for certain collections are available in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room (when noted in the online record).

Processed Materials

The following items are stored on site and can be retrieved with call slips when visiting the Prints & Photographs Reading Room.

Panoramic Postcards

Over 400 postcards from ca. 1900 – ca. 1965 showing views of cities and locations, mainly in the United States, and including Europe and Canada.

[Panorama of the Bethlehem Steel Works, South Bethlehem, Pa.]. c1912. LOT 14058, no. 368. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Postcards of Native Americans

Collection shows scenes of Native American life and people including those from the Navajo, Pima, Pueblo, Ute, and Hopi tribes.

Werner E. Weber Collection of Postcards and Churches

Between the two LOTs, over 8,000 postcards featuring the interiors and exteriors of churches from 1907-1969. Locations are throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and the United States. Interior details include altars, organs, and architectural elements (i.e. stained glass windows).

W.M. Cline Company Postcards

Arranged into three albums, this collection boasts nearly 300 color postcards depicting scenic views such as Smoky Mountains National Park, reconstructed Indian Villages, and tourist attractions among others.

Early French Aviation Postcards 

With aerial views, aircrafts, pilots, and other events; this collection highlights French aviation from 1904-1914.

E. Neurdein, photographer. Promenade sur Paris en aeroplane. [between 1904-1914]. LOT 8041, no. 34. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Advertisement Postcards

Forms part of the National Photo Company Collection, highlighting business and industry from 1909-1932.

Unprocessed Collections

Postcard File

With photographic and graphic materials, the collection boasts up to 56,000 items highlighting US and foreign views, architecture and decorative arts, humor, patriotic themes, and art reproductions.

Palace Hotel and Market Street, San Francisco. Detroit Photographic Company, 1900. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Albertype Company Postcard

Nearly 400 postcards with scenes from the US, published by the Albertype Company, that are primarily hand-colored or sepia toned, from 1920-1956.

Fred Bell Collection

Over 1,600 items of postcards and viewbooks featuring the United States as well as other countries. Postcards are also subject based, including humor and animals.

Winokur-Munblit Collection

Over 23,000 postcards showing the Russian Empire as it existed before the 1917 revolutions including Poland, Finland, Ukraine, the Baltic states, the Caucaus, Central Asia, Siberia, and the Far East. Bulk dates are from 1895-1917, while a few are from the Soviet Period (1920s-1950s).

Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ. Zadvorki = Au bout du village / / D'après nature. ca. 1905. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.