Wish You Were Here: Selections from the Mike Van Ark Postcard Collection
American postcards were created as an easier way to send quick notes and were printed only by the U.S. Postal Service, until May, 1898. The first postcards were called "private mailing cards" and cost one penny to send. The sender's message was written over the image itself because writing was not permitted by law on the address side. The first souvenir postcard was created in 1893 to advertise the World's Fair in Chicago. Postcards are now one of the most collected items, along with coins and postage stamps.
Runs January 27-August 5, 2012