This website is focused on two things…..The drawings by Peter D Paul and Main Street Postcards, which were of the Cities and Towns that he so enjoyed. We have added as many postcards as possible to the website, and figured we’d better explain what postcards are on the site and the diiferences of the style you will see.
The Postcards in this collection are mainly of the Main Streets and “business blocks” from all over the Country. Many of the cards are hand colored cards from the 1900 to the 1940’s, after which you will see more actual color photograph or ” chrome” style cards. Black and White photos are known as Monochrome and monochrome can also be shades of blue or green and many older cards are also printed in sepia. A few of the edits we have done where the actual card format was changed, to better bring out the details of the card.
Most of the cards are of the “Main Street” of the town, although the actual name of the street may be different. If you google many of these locations, the change can be surprising. A few of the towns I have checked no longer exist and once proud buildings aren’t always kept in the best of condition. The postcards are edited to bring out the scenes and we try to present a day in the life of the town the best we can.
The Postcards were often used to advertise the actual drug stores that sold them, so more than often you’ll see the store the postcard was sold in, right in the picture. Old postcards are a great look back at many of the Cities and towns of America, back when Main Street was the place to be. A old postcard scene also tends to show the old signage of a town, and the old style cars that once dotted the street.
Postcards are often titled and listed under numbers, to allow the photographer to restock the cards when the supply ran out. We have tried to log this information in out inventory as much as we can. We have also tried to list the studios and photographers on as many cards as we can. For certain state’s, you will notice the same studio as the photographer traveled across the State, taking the pictures as he went along. Usually, the postcard picture was taken without incident, and the people in the photo had no idea that moment in time would be frozen forever as they went about their daily lives. Many of the cards make what would be a ordinary scene stand out, as the colors and angles used make a plain old scene stand out. We have tried to stick to Main Streets, but you’ll find plenty of banks, diners and businesses mixed in as well, from about 1900 to the 1960’s. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
While we are still working on the State of Alabama, we have amassed a nice collection of old views from Alabama. (43)
While we don’t expect a large postcard collection from Alaska , we have found a few to share. (47)
I’m not a big fan of the newer postcards, but this card from Prescott Arizona and the sky caught my attention. (47)
There are a few States which finding colorful postcards can be difficult, but we are working to bring you as many as we can find. Nice view of Texarkana Arkansas above. (88)
California has plenty of old postcards to add , and this postcard of Vine Street and Sunset Blvd. is only one of many in the collection. (147)
A few things I have always found interesting are old diners, bus stations, gas stations and old movie theatres. Much of the old neon street signs are gone today, but the postcard above from Colorado shows what it was like. (155)
I like the old postcards that simply show a day in the life of the Town or City. Above is Bristol Connecticut . The old cars on the street help to figure out just about when the postcard picture was taken. (71)
Delaware is one of the tougher States to find old postcards for, but we have gathered a few. There are likely several I am missing.
Washington DC is going to be a tough one. There are hundreds of old postcards for DC of different monuments , but we are looking for just a postcard of a street scene. This page will be up soon.
Just what I was looking for from Florida, Dunedin has the palm trees that really sets the tone.
Even postcards off an old Hotel or favorite local business often show the identity of a Town. Above is a postcard from Clayton, Georgia.
Hawaii is much like Delaware, Alaska and Rhode Island being tough to find Postcards for. The page should be up shortly.
Many of the Midwest States actually have a nice record of old postcards available. Idaho has shown quite a collection of postcards, from the Cities to small towns.
Old of my favorite styles of old postcards, the colorized photograph. We have gathered many of the Illinois Cities and Towns, but have a long way to go.
There are a lot of postcards we have found from Indiana. And a lot more to add .
One of the more unusual town postcards, this one has a early plane flying overhead.Iowa has plenty of towns and we have plenty of postcards to share.
Hillsboro – Kansas
Corbin – Kentucky
Alexandria – Louisiana
Bangor – Maine
Centreville – Maryland
Boston – Massachusetts
Detroit – Michigan
International Falls – Minnesota
Biloxi – MIssissippi
Kansas City – Missouri
Billings – Montana
Chadron – Nebraska
Las Vegas – Nevada
Concord – New Hampshire
Orange – New Jersey
Albuquerque – New Mexico
Buffalo – New York
One of the States we have worked hard on is West Virginia. The State is full of smaller Cities and Towns, and we have tried to stay on the Main Street Theme, but you’ll see a few postcards in the collection that are a little outside of the subject, but which really show the past of West Virginia. Don’t miss the old Greyhound Bus Station postcards from Charleston.