Picturing The Past: Vintage Postcards Offer A Unique Glimpse Of The Past

 

Last updated 6/29/2020 at 11:59am

The Transylvania County Library has a number of real picture postcards, including this one of Jake West and a friend, by local photographer Joe Wilde.

Postcards had their heyday in popularity from about 1890 to 1915. There were several factors that contributed to this, including easing of government restrictions, advances in photography, printing and mass production and improved rural mail service.

In addition, postcards were inexpensive to purchase and mail. Allison & Macfie drug store in Brevard sold postcards at four for a nickel or 15 cents for a dozen. Their March 12, 1909 advertisement claimed, "Our supply of local view Post Cards is now complete. In all we have 44,000. Forty-four different subjects to select from. Come in...



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