The Golden Age of Postcards in Rhode Island

The postcards in this collection were created and collected during what has been called the "Golden Age of Postcards." Several Acts of Congress during the early part of the twentieth century made postcards less expensive than letters to post, and further allowed communication to be written on the address side.

This led to an explosion of postcard collecting as a popular hobby for many while a thriving postcard industry expanded under the new legislation. The postcards were typically designed in the United States and then sent to master printers in Germany for publication. With the onset of World War I in Europe postcard printing in Germany began to dwindle and the era finally came to a close with America's entry into the war.

While millions of postcards depicting countless topics and scenic views were printed during this era, this collection focuses on those topics and scenes relating just to Rhode Island.

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