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Real Photo Postcard Guide: The People's Photography 
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288 pages 
Syracuse University Press 
Published 2006 
Publisher description  
From the end of the nineteenth century through at least a third of the twentieth century, Americans became avid consumers and collectors of an incredible number and range of photo postcards. The Real Photo Postcard Guide is an informative, comprehensive, and practical treatment of this photographic genre. Robert Bogdan and Todd Weseloh draw on extensive research and observation to address all aspects of the photo postcard from its history, origin, and cultural significance to practical matters like dating, purchasing, condition, and preservation. Celebrating both their artistic and documentary value, the authors bring to light photo postcards as marvelous pieces of Americana and a vital part of our photographic legacy.  
* Illustrated with over 250 stunning photographic postcards taken from archives and private collections from across the country.  
* Reveals the ways in which photographic postcards document the social history of America including everything from patriotic homecomings to race riots, lynchings, and natural disasters.  
* Several chapters devoted to technical considerations of production, characteristics of superior images, collecting categories, and methods of research for dating photo postcards and investigating their photographers.  
* Three extensive appendices devoted to dating cards and photographer’s biographies.  
* A must for collectors, dealers, curators, historians, and anyone interested in the visual documentation of early 20th century America.  
Robert Bogdan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Syracuse University. He is the author of many books including Exposing the Wilderness: Early Twentieth-Century Adirondack Postcard Photographers and Adirondack Vernacular: The Photography of Henry M. Beach, both published by Syracuse University Press.  
Todd Weseloh was the librarian/archivist at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse and has been an active collector of postcards since 1976.
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