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Call Number: JWJ MSS 54

Scope and Contents

Photographic Postcards consist of photographically reproduced images printed in postcard format. While there are here some subjects in common with the photomechanical postcards, portraits predominate in this subseries. These include formal and informal portraits of individuals, young couples and groups of friends, graduates, families and co-workers. Also present are publicity portraits of radio, film, and television actors, musicians, and professional athletes; images of military personnel including the 25th Infantry and 10th U. S. Cavalry from World War I, and soldiers and sailors from World War II. Other images include cooks, laundresses, and municipal workers, and a group of images depicts the Lewis Plantation and Turpentine Still in Florida.


  • 1728 - 1991
  • Majority of material found within 1850 - 1970


Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

Box 105 (film): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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