The Written And Printed Word

Postcard ~ American Revolutionary War Incidents

1900s - 1950s

     Greeting cards became popular during the Victorian Age, beginning in Great Britain and spreading to the Continent and the United States of America. Greeting cards were often enclosed in a paper envelope to make the trip from sender to receiver. At some point, certain greeting cards were printed on heavy card stock and sent through the mail without being enclosed in a separate paper envelope. Known as a Post Card, this form of greeting card had an illustrated design on one side and on the other were two spaces separated by a simple vertical line. One of the spaces was used for the receiver's name and address, while the other was used by the sender to write a short message.

The sets of cards exhibited below were printed through the 1900s to the 1950s. They exhibit various incidents which took place during the American Revolutionary War. Most of them derive their illustrations from well known paintings.

Note that a number of postcards used the same image, and subtle differences may be noticed between any two examples.