I Heart Postcards

Posted by on Aug 13 2009 | Photography

Right now we are all working on the Fall show, Where We Live, that celebrates Rochester’s 175th Birthday. The exhibition is full of great photographs of our fair city, with a fun mix of objects from the collection, as well as contemporary work by local artists, submissions from ordinary Rochesterians, and of course, postcards.  We have a lot of postcards in the collection and they are fascinating. I love looking at the idealized visions of place and reading the snippets of news or anecdote scrawled on the back.  Postcards are fun, collectable and can teach us a little bit about travel, tourism and social history. As part of Where We Live Eastman House is going to display close to 100 postcards of Rochester from the early 1900′s to the present and I’ve selected a few to preview on the blog.  

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I love how turquoise Eastman House used to be!

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    Jessica Johnston is an Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at George Eastman House. She manages numerous exhibitions and projects at the museum including our recent participation on the Flickr Commons.

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    3 Responses to “I Heart Postcards”

    1. I can’t wait to see this exhibit. I love postcards too. First I’m drawn to the front, of course, but then I start reading the messages on the back. Fabulous!

      13 Aug 2009 at 11:47 am

    2. Alison Nordstrom

      The backs of postcards can be very useful as a way to determine when they were published. There is the postmark, of course but for years the designs of the backs were strictly regulated by the government, though they changed regularly.

      See:

      http://bibliomania.net/gruetzcards.html

      18 Aug 2009 at 6:15 am

    3. [...] is another sneak peak of some gems from the collection that will be on view during the Where We Live [...]

      24 Aug 2009 at 4:09 pm