This past month, we went on summer vacation in the stacks! We’ve been highlighting our vast postcard collections on Instagram as a part of the #librarygetaway challenge (check out our posts from each Wednesday in July).
The postcards in our collections are a significant source for understanding how Americans have spent their leisure and vacation time throughout history. Our online exhibit, Greetings from Vacationland: Early Postcards and the Rise of Leisure in the United States: 1890-1920, takes a deep dive into our collections and features early postcards of national parks, scenic resorts, amusement parks, historic sites, world’s fairs, and American cities.
Check out the exhibit website and use our various finding aids to explore the collections.
Search the Institute of American Deltiology Postcard Collection or the National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection. Many of our postcards have been digitized and are available to view online, or come visit us in the Maryland Room to see the items in person!