United States postal card was patented in 1861 by John P.
Charlton. He sold the rights to Hymen Lipman. Lipman added borders to
his post card and it became known as "Lipman's Postal Cards".
In 1873 the first American postcard was developed by the Morgan
Envelope Factory. In the early 1900's, postcards became very
popular with the postcards being printed with images of buildings and
other structures. Two decades later, came the 'white border' era
with postcards featuring a white border around them. The 'white
border' postcard was replaced by the 'linen card' era in the 1930's,
lasting into the 1950's. These cards featured a texture similar to
linen cloth. |
Postcards allowed one to to communicate with
family and friends by providing a 'snapshot' of one's travels and
surroundings. The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Library's
collection includes 10,000 postcards. A series of postcards trace
the aftermath of the 1908 Dallas flood.