Postcards have been around since the 1870's. shilohpostcards.com offers this definition of the most popular type of postcards, the View Card:
View cards have, since postcards began, been the mainstay of the collecting field. People have long collected and traded cards of their home towns and places they have visited. View cards offer historic reference to buildings, streets, and even towns which may no longer exist or that have changed significantly over time. Even views produced in the photochrome (chrome) era may no longer look the same. The earliest cards offer much in the social history of the times as we look at early forms of travel and the beginnings of telegraph, telephone and power lines. The messages written on the cards often give us insight as to the picture shown or the sentiments of the day.
The formal name for postcard collecting is deltiology. Deltiology is the third largest collectible hobby in the world.
I am not a deltiologist but I do have quite a few old postcards. Today I am sharing just six.
The postcards I am sharing today are vintage view cards from northern Minnesota that were either my parents' or grandparents' cards:
The first one is a linen type postcard of Weggum Mine in Hibbing, Minnesota. Euclid 15-ton trucks loading and dumping iron ore onto conveyor screening plant. Geniune Curteich-Chicago "CT Art-Colortone.
Also Hibbing, Minnesota. Looking west with Village Hall and Howard Street in center and High School and Memorial Building at left. This is also a linen type postcard from the same maker.
This postcard of Mountain Iron, Minnesota, calls Mt. Iron the birthplace of the Mesabi Range. "Tour Taconite plants, fish, hunt and relax in Mt. Iron". This is a Plastichrome postcard by Colourpicture Publishers, Inc.
This is a black and white photo postcard of the toll bridge connecting Fort Frances, Ontario, and International Falls, Minnesota.
My parents attended this high school in Bagley, Minnesota. This black and white postcard was an Eagle Post Card View, Co. card.
Also from Bagley, Minnesota, the Shamrock Motel. Look at the cars in the photo and you know it's an old postcard. The card is by A Pearson Co, Inc.
Old view cards helped us remember our travels.