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Finding Aid for the Collection of postcards and postcard albums, ca. 1890-
LSC 1337  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of postcards and postcard albums
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1890-
    Collection number: LSC 1337
    Extent: 188 oversize boxes
    Abstract: The first postcards were probably playing cards used as visiting cards (late 17th-early 18th century). They were replaced by visiting cards and most had pictures and a blank space for the name. Subjects were places of interest or general motifs and often included messages. Printers printed decorative letter paper using old visiting card plates (1830s) and established the link from visiting cards to postcards. There were few areas or events not recorded on postcards by the early 1900s. The collection consists of postcards and novelty cards from various places around the world.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Bulk of the collection was received from Dr. Omer L. Sharp and Emily Hildegarde Sharp.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of postcards and postcard albums (Collection LSC 1337). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    The first postcards were probably playing cards used as visiting cards (late 17th-early 18th century); they were replaced by visiting cards and most had pictures and a blank space for the name; subjects were places of interest or general motifs and often included messages; printers printed decorative letter paper using old visiting card plates (1830s) and established the link from visiting cards to postcards; there were few areas or events not recorded on postcards by the early 1900s; popularity dropped off after World War I; tourist view cards became the standard after World War II.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of postcards from various places around the world. Includes novelty cards.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    picture postcards.
    postcard albums.