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"The end of the 19th century was the beginning of the golden age of postcards. Advances in printing and photography allowed the mass production of captivating visual images affordable and available to everyone. Swept up in a fad that hasn’t yet lost its appeal, millions of people at once began collecting and sending a visual record of their travels and tastes.

A fascinating historical peek at all five boroughs of New York City from the 1890’s until the 1920’s is provided through the 500 postcards newly added to the NYPL Digital Gallery. The postcards also illustrate emerging lithographic and photographic printing styles. Among the examples digitized are oil paintings, tinted photographs, colored lithographs, line photoengravings, relief prints, inkless intaglio prints, linocuts, hold-to-light cards, and cards with highlights delineated by glitter."


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