Footnotes The postage rates for postcards have been compiled from three separate sources. Of the approximately 400,000 postcard records presented here, only 18,000 have accompanying low-resolution digital images. Complete inventories for all of the collections are not immediately available. The museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and presenting the history and culture of. Altogether, the Newberry Library received approximately 2. The company produced millions of images in the postcard form, and kept reference copies of each image, along with original production notes and materials.
The core collection of postcard images consists of the industrial archives of the Curt Teich Company, which contains over one million images dating from 1893 to 1978. See our for more information. It is also important to keep in mind that postcard types produced in one period could also be produced in another, but were simply not produced in the same volume as other card types of the period. Search for keywords, artists, titles, or production numbers of interest, or browse by U. He founded his own firm in 1898, printing newspapers and magazines, and became an early publisher of postcards but did not begin printing them in number himself until 1908.
This compiled by the , a wonderful wealth of images and information, provides detailed information about the postcard print numbers and dates. Lake County Forest Preserve District. A boon to genealogists is the ability to search by location or by subject headings, such as street views, cemeteries, or churches. When received at the Newberry Library it was estimated at 2. For example, a card printed on linen was most likely produced between 1930 and 1945.
He emigrated to the United States in 1895, where he initially worked as a in New York, a much lower position than he had held in Germany. It also includes images from the Lake County History Archives. Printers saved ink during this time by not printing to the edge of the card and leaving a white border around the image, giving the time period its name. The collection's centerpiece is the 360,000-card archives of Curt Teich, a company that operated in Chicago from 1898 to 1978 and was the world's biggest printer of advertising and view postcards. For a detailed listing of the different types of postcards and sizes, see: Post-Office Department, Annual Reports for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1900. The Curt Teich Company used a variety of production number systems over its 80-year history. The images, some of which are contained in production files comprised of original photographs, letters from clients, and other materials related to the manufacture of postcards, chronicle the history of Route 66 from its origins in 1926 through its heyday and beyond.
Army base nearby and records of a Lake County-based regiment of Illinois troops, the. Because of the absence of message space on the address side of postcards, the Post Card Period is also known as the Undivided Back Period. And over the next six months, Newberry Library, Chicago, will take possession of 2. During , Curt Teich and Company produced over three million maps for the , including 100% of all invasion maps produced. Post-Office Department, Annual Reports for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1906.
However, if the front of the postcard did not contain an image, it could bear a message. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. On April 3, 2017, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection was opened to researchers. Postcards, as we are familiar with them today, have taken a considerable amount of time to develop. However, it can be spelled several alternative ways including the English version of photochrome or the German version of Fotochrom. If you have questions about the postcard collection, please.
Several additional postcard collections and archives have been added to the Teich Archives Collection over the past 35 years, including the , the , the , the , the , and many others. This change was prompted by the Universal Postal Congress, the legislative body of the. The Private Mailing Card Act of May 19, 1898, stipulated that private mailing cards measure 3. The Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection is widely regarded as the largest public collection of postcards and related materials in the United States. Specialties include historic images of 20th Century life. Curt Teich was the largest volume printer of these types of postcards in the world from the 1920s to the 1940s. The Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection was transferred in December 2016 to the Newberry from the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois, which served as its home since 1982.
Please note that, while we will do our best to accommodate your group, we may not be able to fulfill all requests due to staff limitations, space constraints, and collections availability. Click on the name of the collection to see whether a finding aid, inventory, or catalog record is available for the collection. The Geographic Index links locations shown on postcards typically organized by state and city to production numbers. Schreyer expects that in the future, the cards will be integrated into many of Newberry's exhibits. The back remained divided and usually contained printed information about the image. The Teich family donated the archives of the company to the Lake County Discovery Museum in Illinois.