Archives Center, National Museum of American History

William L. Bird Factory Postcards Collection

Summary

Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1572
Creators:
Bird, William L.
Dates:
1905-1950, undated
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
.2 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
Collection contains postcards from North America and England depicting factories in the first half of the twentieth century.

Content Description

Content Description
Collection consists of postcards collected by William Lawrence (Larry) Bird Jr. The postcards contain color images of factories, stores, and buildings located throughout the United States with a few from England. They are arranged first by country and then in alphabetical order by state.

Arrangement

Arrangement
Collection is arranged in one series.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical
William Lawrence "Larry" Bird, Jr. received his Bachelor of Art (B.A.) degree in History from the University of Maryland in 1973 and two years later his Master of Art (M.A.) degree also in history from the University of Arizona. He went on to obtain his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in History from Georgetown University in 1985.
Bird spent much of his museum career as a curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in its Division of Political History. He curated numerous exhibitions including Design for Victory: World War II Posters on the American Home Front (with Harry R. Rubenstein, 1998); Paint by Number: The How-to Craze that Swept the Nation (2001); Holidays on Display (2007); America's Doll House: The Miniature World of Faith Bradford (2010); Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (2013); and is co-author and co-curator of American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith (2017).
Bird's many publications include "American Television from the Fair to the Family, 1939-1989;" "Vote: The Machinery of Democracy;" "Paint by Number: Accounting for Taste in the 1950s;" "Holidays on Display;" "America's Doll House: The Miniature World of Faith Bradford;" and "Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes and Curios from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History." He is currently Curator Emeritus and continues to write.

Administration

Author
Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was assembled and donated by William L. Bird. Jr., curator.
Processing Information
Collection processed by Vanessa Broussard-Simmons, archivist, 2023. Finding aid encoded by Audrey Willius, intern, 2023.
Custodial History
Collection transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Work and Industry in March 2022.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
William L. Bird Factory Postcards Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Related Materials
Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Postcards, NMAH.AC.0060
Loretta Thomsen Smith Picture Postcard Collection, NMAH.AC.0147
Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection, NMAH.AC.0200
Archives Center Postcard Collection, NMAH.AC.0483
Darrell L. Bertness Postcard Collection, NMAH.AC.1190
William L. Bird Postcard Collection, NMAH.AC.1465

Keywords

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Factories Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Picture postcards -- 20th century Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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