The Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection is widely regarded as the largest public collection of postcards and related materials in the United States. When received at the Newberry Library it was estimated at 2.5 million items, and well over a half-million unique postcard images.
The postcards include a range of subjects and genres: rural vistas and urban skylines, tourist attractions and emergent industries, domestic scenes and global conflicts. Standing at the intersection of American commerce and visual culture, they demonstrate the country’s evolving conception of itself-and its place in the world-during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- This digital collection is derived from an in-house database used for inventory and reference. Of the approximately 400,000 postcard records presented here, only 18,000 have accompanying low-resolution digital images.
- Users should be aware that some of the images and text on postcards and transcribed into descriptions may be considered offensive. The content has been provided here for historical research and educational purposes.