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- DescriptionFrom the Great Depression through the early postwar years, any postcard sent in America was more than likely a linen card. Colorized in vivid, often exaggerated hues and printed on card stock embossed with a linen-like texture, linen postcards celebrated the American scene with views of majestic landscapes, modern cityscapes, roadside attractions, and other table features. These colorful images portrayed the United States as shimmering with promise, quite unlike the black-and-white worlds of documentary photography or Life magazine. Linen postcards were ermously popular, with close to a billion printed and sold. Postcard America offers the first comprehensive study of these cards and their cultural significance. Drawing on the production files of Curt Teich & Co. of Chicago, the originator of linen postcards, Jeffrey L. Meikle reveals how photographic views were transformed into colorized postcard images, often by means of manipulation-adding and deleting details or collaging bits and pieces from several photos. He presents two extensive portfolios of postcards-landscapes and cityscapes-that comprise a representative icography of linen postcard views. For each image, Meikle explains the postcard's subject, describes aspects of its production, and places it in social and cultural contexts. In the concluding chapter, he shifts from historical interpretation to a contemporary viewpoint, considering stalgia as a motive for collectors and others who are fascinated today by these striking images.
- Author BiographyJeffrey L. Meikle teaches in the departments of American Studies and Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Stiles Professorship in American Studies. His previous books include American Plastic: A Cultural History, which was awarded the Dexter Prize by the Society for the History of Technology; Design in the USA; and Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design in America, 1925-1939.
- Author(s)Jeffrey L. Meikle
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication20/01/2016
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note213 color and 7 b&w illus.
- Weight681 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine43 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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