Friday, June 20, 2014

Greetings From New Orleans - Postcards From The Crescent City

(Above): Greetings from New Orleans.  This greeting card shows famous and familiar landmarks placed within the outline of the letters comprising "New Orleans."  Among them we see the St. Louis Cathedral, the Governor Claiborne House, and the Huey Long Bridge.  These sights provide a representation of both new and old in the city.  (Courtesy of Louisiana News Company, New Orleans)
 
From New Orleans in Vintage Postcards by Scott :



(Above): Greetings from the Crescent City.  This greetings card shows the St. Louis Cathedral, a traditional gas light, and the statue of Old Hickory in Jackson Square.


From the 1890s through the 1920s, the postcard was an extraordinarily popular means of communication, and many of the postcards produced during this "golden age" can today be considered works of art. 

Postcard photographers traveled the length and breadth of the nation, snapping photographs of busy street scenes, documenting local landmarks, and assembling crowds of local children only too happy to pose for a picture.  These images, printed as postcards and sold in general stores across the country, survive as telling reminders of an important era in America's history.

This fascinating new history of New Orleans showcases more than two hundred of the best vintage postcards available.