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North Carolina Museum of History
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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).
Collection is unarranged.
"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.
This collection was processed by David E. Haberstich, curator, 1991.
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.
Washington Postcards, circa 1906, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
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.
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012