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postcards from Portland

Postcards! Although not manuscripts in themselves, these images provide many levels of information- not simply showing us how things looked, but also what subjects were selected to be topics for postcards that visitors to a place might wish to send back home. Here in the Portland Room, we have a growing collection of local postcards- some older than newer. Each era of the city’s portrayal is equally valuable as documentation. And of course, there are the notes written by the senders! Some examples below:

Tukey’s Bridge, in the 1900s. The note on the back of the card shows it was mailed in 1907.

The Portland Exposition Building in the 1920s. Postage was 1 cent.

Portland Harbor, near the Old Port, in the early 1980s. Can you notice what hadn’t yet been built in this picture?

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Seniors | Portland History
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