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Kipp Brothers Company leather postcard

 Collection — Folder: S0786
Identifier: S0786

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a leather postcard featuring a color illustration of "Miss America" on the front and was used as advertising by the Kipp Brothers Company of Indianapolis, Indiana, circa 1901-1907.


  • circa 1901-1907


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

The Kipp Brothers Company of Indianapolis was founded in 1880 by Albrecht and Robert Kipp and sold fireworks and other items that were imported from their native Germany. The company remained in the family until 1939 when it was sold to Leon Levin who then shifted the focus to carnival supplies and novelty toys. Today, the company is one of the world's largest wholesalers of toys and party supplies.


"About Us." Kipp Brothers. Accessed January 27, 2017.

Beaty, Candace. "Kipp Brothers Still Evolving After 125 Years." Indianapolis Business Journal, October 24, 2005. Accessed January 27, 2017.

Historical Note

On June 8, 1872, the United States Congress passed legislation that allowed the government to print postal cards. One side of the card was for the message and the other side for the recipient's address. By law, only government issued postcards where allowed to have "Postal Card" printed on it. In December, 1901, an order by the Postmaster-General allowed "Post Card" to be printed on privately printed postcards, but messages were still not allowed on the address side. Then on March 1, 1907, Congress passed on act that allowed the privately printed postcards to have messages on the left half of the back of the card and the address on the right. For a short time, leather postcards were a popular novelty. The designs were burned into the leather, with some cards having color added to the design. The United States Postal Service banned the use of leather postcards in 1907.


"Leather Postcards." Encyclopedia Dubuque. Accessed January 27, 2017.

Smithsonian Institution. "Postcard History." Smithsonian Institution Archives. Accessed January 27, 2017.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the Kipp Brothers Company leather postcard are available electronically in Indiana Memory:

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/01/27 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/01/27 by Laura Eliason.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.