Sunday, February 24, 2008

Postcards give 3 by 5 window on the past

The Connecticut Post ran a nice piece about local postcard collector Russell Panecki.

According to the article, most of Panecki's cards feature photos of railroads in the early 20th century, including shots of the interiors of trains.

Panecki is quoted as saying, "Railroads used to issue their own postcards. Towns would commission to have pictures taken of a new firehouse. Some of them may appear hokey to us, but having a postcard made added to [a town's] weight."

Shown above is an example from Panecki's collection showing a train station.

To read the entire article, click here.

To learn about the history of postcards in the United States, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM