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Using Postcards as Historical Evidence


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Charleston, Illinois


Coles County



Additional Resources


Carline, Richard. Pictures in the Post: The Story of the Picture Postcard and its Place in the History of Popular Art. London: Gordon Fraser, 1971.

Isenberg, Alison. Downtown America: A history of the place and the people who made it. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Jakle, John A. and Keith A. Sculle. Picturing Illinois: Twentieth-Century Postcard Art from Chicago to Cairo. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2012.

Keister, Kim. “Wish you were here! The Curt Teich Postcard Archives Depict Americans As They Saw Themselves through the First Seven Decades of the Twentieth Century.” Historic Preservation 44 (1992): 54-61.

Kyvig, David E. and Myron A. Marty. Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You. New York: Altamira Press, 2010.

Metcalf, Fay D. and Matthew T. Downey. Using Local History in the Classroom. Nashville, TN: The American Association for State and Local History, 1982.





History of Postcards

Anatomy of a Postcard

Postcards as Evidence