Railroad Postcards in the Age of Steam (Hardback)
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Railroad Postcards in the Age of Steam (Hardback)

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Hardback 186 Pages / Published: 31/12/1994
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This lavish volume is the first general book-length work devoted to the once-ubiquitous railroad picture postcard. It is comprised of an introductory essay and an album of cards. The former fully examines the nature of the postcard craze, which reached its zenith about 1910, and discusses why images of American railroads played such an important part in the card phenomenon. The album divides an engaging assortment of more than 150 representative views into five sections: "Trains and Rolling Stock, " "Depots and Railway Structures, " "The Railroad Corridor, " "People and Railroads, " and "The Lighter Side of Railroading." Railroad historians, train enthusiasts, postcard collectors, and all other readers will find much to interest them in this selection of images. Not only are the cards themselves visually striking, but they convey a sense of how important railroads once were to the nation's citizenry. The sight of steaming locomotives and the hustle and bustle associated with "train time" caused hearts to quicken. These feelings made views of railroad scenes popular with buyers of postcards and now with latter-day railroad fans and card collectors.

Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 9780877454656
Number of pages: 186
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 190 x 184 x 22 mm


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"In the early 1900s, with the relaxation of certain postal regulations that had restricted their use, postcards reached a fever pitch of popularity. Because railroads, too, peaked in terms of track-miles and importance to daily life about the same time, it's not surprising that many postcards featured rail subjects. This little book, delightfully sized to evoke its subject, is the first of its kind devoted to the railroad picture postcard...a valuable and important piece in the puzzle of rail history."--"Trains"


In the early 1900s, with the relaxation of certain postal regulations that had restricted their use, postcards reached a fever pitch of popularity. Because railroads, too, peaked in terms of track-miles and importance to daily life about the same time, it's not surprising that many postcards featured rail subjects. This little book, delightfully sized to evoke its subject, is the first of its kind devoted to the railroad picture postcard a valuable and important piece in the puzzle of rail history. "Trains""

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