In the decades around 1900, postcards were Twitter, email, Flickr, and Facebook, all wrapped into one. A postcard craze swept the world, and billions of cards were bought, mailed, and pasted into albums. Drawing on the riches of the Leonard A. Lauder Postcard Collection, probably the finest and most comprehensive collection of its type, this lavishly illustrated catalog traces how big historical and cultural themes of the modern age—enthralling, exciting, and sometimes disturbing—played out on the postcard’s tiny canvas.
The first general work on the postcard as an artistic medium since the mid-1970s, The Postcard Age is organized thematically, with chapters devoted to subjects including urban life, the changing role of women, sports, celebrity, new technologies, the stylish collectors’ cards of the art nouveau, and World War I. The result is at once a vivid picture of the cares, concerns, and pastimes of the decades around 1900 and a tempting sampler of the artistic and historical riches contained within the 100,000 cards of the Lauder Collection.