As we were : American photographic postcards, 1905-1930 / Rosamond B. Vaule ; foreword by Richard Benson.
- 1st ed.
- Boston : David R. Godine, Publisher, 2004.
215,  pages : chiefly illustrations ; 27 cm
- Postcards -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Photography -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1865-1918 -- Pictorial works.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1918-1945 -- Pictorial works.
Manners and customs
- "Today, no one seriously doubts the value, both aesthetic and historic, of the ubiquitous American photographic postcard. This was the medium that really brought photography to the masses; these cards were affordable, they were topical, and they could be sent for a penny anywhere in the country. The variety of imagery, much of it developed anonymously in small studios, much of it taken by inspired amateurs, displays early-twentieth-century America in all its variety and vitality." "Most postcards were mass produced and printed in ink by the collotype or halftone process. But a few were original photographic prints, exposed directly from glass plates or film negatives."
"In this book, Rosamond B. Vaule selects the best of them, from all over the country, addressing their social and historical contexts, explaining the mysteries of their manufacture and dissemination, and describing the characteristics and identities of their makers, many of whose names and studios are listed in the book. But without doubt, it is the images themselves that still hold us: storefronts and townships, frisky children and sober adults, airships and barn raisings. More than two hundred are reproduced here, each in fine-line duotone."--Jacket.
- PART ONE: Definition and History
Chapter 1. What Are These "Real Photo" Postcards?
Chapter 2. The Photograph
Chapter 3. Historical Context
The Evolution of Early
George Eastman's Vision
Chapter 4. The Picture Postcard
Chapter 5. Eastman Kodak and "Real Photo" Production
Chapter 6. "Real Photo" Postcards: Influences, Usage, Makers
PART TWO: Real Photo Subjects Chapter 7. Views and Their Makers
Chapter 8. News
Flight and Celebrity
Chapter 9. Portraits: Inside the Studio and Out
Portraits in Situ
For Tourist Consumption
Chapter 10. Buildings: Home and Workplace
Chapter 11. At Work
Chapter 12. Play and Celebration
Chapter 13. Transportation
PART THREE: Encounters and Reflections
Chapter 14. An American Abroad
Chapter 15. Virginia's Album
Chapter 16. Then and Now
Post Card Photographers Working before 1930
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 214-216).
- Local notes:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection copy has dustjacket retained.
- Penn Provenance:
- Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
- Other format:
- Online version: Vaule, Rosamond B. As we were.
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