Folk Photography The American Real-Photo Postcard, 1905?1930

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-01
  • Publisher: Yeti Publishing
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The postcard craze that swept the United States in the early twentieth century coincided with the spread of pocket cameras and led to the phenomenon of real-photo postcards. Real-photo postcards were typically produced in small, often isolated towns, whose citizens felt an urgent need to communicate with distant friends. The cards document everything about their time and place, from intimate matters, to events that qualified as news. The phenomenon began in 1905 and peaked in the 1910s, when many millions of real-photo postcards were mailed each year. Previous books have been content to display these cards for their socio-historical or nostalgia value--this book goes much further. The 122 postcards reproduce here cover the entire field of the cards' subject matter. These images are not simply a depiction of a vanished way of life, but are a crucial stage in the evolution of photography.

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