sells vintage postcards, but they also make available a huge catalogue of their stock. You can browse geographically by US State
, by country
, and by topic
. Or, you can search
for anything from alligators
to the California Zephyr
. They also have a blog
. [more inside]
Malls of America
- Gone (some of them) but not forgotten (well, maybe). Vintage photographs and postcards of malls of the 1960s and '70s. For more personal stories, check out Deadmalls.com
Hello from Los Angeles!
of Vintage postcards
. Car-riffic cityscapes with brush script aplenty; your future smells like oil.
Big Hats and Eroticism
is just one of the many features of Tallulahs.com
, an excellent site dedicated to images of the vintage nude
. There's also lots of wonderful trivia and commentary, such as a brief biography
of the Mante sisters
(immortalized in the brilliant ballerina images of painter Edgar Degas
), and the story of Liane de Pougy
, convent girl turned runaway wife, turned celebrated dancer
of the French stage, turned Romanian Princess
. Or you can read about the mystery of H. Traut
elusive photographer of "the gentle eroticism of fairyland" whose
images graced hundreds of postcards for several years until he
seemingly vanished from the scene some time before WWI. Interested in
drawing or painting nudes yourself? Here's a page of classical nude poses
- studies in various categories that you can work from, including "The beauty of butts
" and "seductive smoking
"! Plus, you can peruse Tallulah's own art nudes
, and a fabulous links page
. NSFW, obviously.
- Martha Cooper began her love affair
with photography when her dad gave her a Kodak Baby Brownie sometime around 1946. A professional photographer, for the last 25 years she's also been an avid collector of photographica. Her focus is on images of women
with cameras. Browse through more than a century
of historic photos, quirky memorabilia, advertising, toys, comics, movie stills and figurines - it's a fascinating site!
In her own photos, Ms. Cooper favors art, anthropology, and urban folk culture. Her colorful work can be viewed at NYCity Snaps.
"America As It Was: A Tour Of The USA In Vintage Postcards"
is a vast, amazing collection, quaintly presented by my new heroine: an Atlanta real estate agent and church volunteer called Pat Sabin
who dreams of one day visiting Chicago and whose(some would say surprising) love for all things webby
is an example to us all. Please don't be put off by the homey graphics and folksy language - it really is a rich, rich resource! [My favourite postcard turns out to be from James Lilek's New York collection. Go figure. All I can say is God bless the meetings of unlikely minds!)