For Immediate Release
February 20, 2008
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Postcard Collection Captures a "Window into the Past"
By Kelly Whittacker
While many postcards contain just the image, about half of the collection were mailed and therefore bear stamps and addresses from that era. There are about 900 postcards with locations that cannot be identified, but still provide insight into the lives of Americans during this time. A favorite of Curtis' shows a woman sitting in front of her house in a new automobile. "These pictures are more important socially," Curtis said. "This one, for example, is symbolic of the automobile changing the lives of American women during this time."
Most of the state postcards in the collection are arranged alphabetically and geographically according to location. There is also a separate subject card collection that offers postcard views of everying from "African Americans" to "Western Life." Archer says the collection is one of the largest organized in detail by place. Additional information about the images is available on the National Trust Library's website.
Archer and Curtis are currently working to scan and then digitize parts of the collection so that it can be shared online.
There are currently 150 images digitized, with the majority from Maryland.
The collection, which will be part of the University Libraries digital collections, should go live sometime before the end of the 2008 spring semester.
"Digitizing the images will be most useful to people located outside the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Virginia areas, says Curtis. Archer adds that the majority of the visitors to the collection are students, or people interested in a specific community. "Many times this is the only way for people to get a glimpse of more obscure communities and locations."
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