Guide to the Washington Postcards

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0413
Creators:
North Carolina Museum of History
Buckingham, C. O.
Washington News Co.
Dates:
circa 1906
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
1 Folder
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Three picture postcards of Washington, D.C., one postmarked 1906; all are photomechanical reproductions of photographs: two color photolithographs of: (1) the Library of Congress (printed in Germany, addressed, with Christmas greeting, postmarked 1906); (2) the Lincoln Memorial (publ. Washington News Co., copyright C.O. Buckingham, no message, unmailed); and (3) a black-and-white advertising postcard of a restaurant interior ("The Parrot", no message, unmailed).

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is unarranged.

HIstorical Note
HIstorical Note
"Picture postcards became the medium of choice for informal correspondence shortly after their introduction in the first decade of the twentieth century. Many postcards were engraved, lithographed, or otherwise mass produced.... Taken as a whole, postcards provide us with the most complete pictorial record of life in early twentieth century America...."*
The history of commercial photomechanical postcard publishing is treated in references such as: Range, Thomas E. The Book of Postcard Collecting. New York: Dutton, 1980.

Administration
Processing Information
This collection was processed by David E. Haberstich, curator, 1991.
Author
David Haberstich
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by North Carolina Museum of History, through Allen R. Hoilman, Collections Assistant in 1988 and 1989.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Probably public domain due to copyright expiration. Fees for commercial use.
Preferred Citation
Washington Postcards, circa 1906, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Found in postcard collections of North Carolina Museum of History (North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources), Raleigh, North Carolina, and donated to the Smithsonian Institution, February 1988, through Allen R. Hoilman, Collections Assistant.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Postcards -- 1900-1910 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Picture postcards -- 1890-1910 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photolithographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photomechanical prints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Buildings -- 1900-1910 -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Restaurants -- 1900-1910 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tourist trade -- 1900-1910 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reproductions Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Photomechanical reproductions -- 1900-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Library of Congress -- 1900-1910 -- Washington (D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.) -- 1900-1910 Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Parrot, The (restaurant) -- Chronological subdivision--ca. 1906; Geographic subdivision--Washington (D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives