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Ellen Izor postcard collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1872

Scope and Contents

This collection includes postcards collected or received by Ellen Izor in Indianapolis, Indiana between 1910-1939.


  • 1910-1939

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The first widely distributed pictorial postal cards in the United States were the official Goldsmith issues, which were souvenir items for the Columbia Exposition of 1893. The craze for picture postcards, which were used for both mailing and collecting, began in Europe but rapidly caught on in the United States, reaching a peak in 1908 when 88,7000,000 Americans mailed 677,777,798 postcards within a single fiscal year of the U.S. Post Office, during what was the "golden age" of postcards.

The mass hysteria for postcards faded by the time World War I began, at which time folded greeting cards with envelopes replaced postcards on most retail racks. The postcards of the 1920s, '30s, '40s, '50s, and '60s often have high value, simple because fewer were used and hence, fewer have survived to the present day.


0.05 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana State Museum.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/01/26 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2016/01/26 by Lauren Patton.
Ellen Izor postcard collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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