The Written And Printed Word

Postcard ~ George Washington

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 cards exhibited below were printed through the 1900s to the 1950s, all devoted to the life of George Wasington.