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652.01   Improving content on photographic techniques
Themes
652.02   Real photo postcards: Animals
652.03   Real photo postcards: African Americans
Exaggeration postcards
652.04   Exaggeration postcards
652.05   William H. Martin: Exaggeration photo postcards
652.06   Henry M. Beach: Exaggeration photo postcards
Painted postcards
652.07   Painted postcards
Art postcards
652.08   Japanese Art Photography preserved on Postcards
Bass-relief postcards
652.09   Bass-relief postcards (1900-1910)
Colour postcards
652.10   Color postcards of the battles at Verdun
Political postcards
652.11   Unemployment in Thatcher's Britain
This theme includes example sections and will be revised and added to as we proceed. Suggestions for additions, improvements and the correction of factual errors are always appreciated.
 
  
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652.01   Popular formats >  Improving content on photographic techniques 
  
We are seeking to expand the themes covering photographic techniques and processes. These sections will include:
  • Invention of the process
     
  • Any related patents
     
  • Trade literature
     
  • Contemporary advertisements and announcements of the innovation
     
  • A description of the process and its variants
     
  • Historical examples and details of where examples can be located in public collections
     
  • Contemporary examples by photographers using the exact process.
Conservation will not initially be included but may be in the future if required.
 
  
Themes 
  
652.02   Popular formats >  Real photo postcards: Animals 
  
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   Nature Beauty and the Beast 
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652.03   Popular formats >  Real photo postcards: African Americans 
  
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   Portrait Postcards African American 
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Exaggeration postcards 
  
652.04   Popular formats >  Exaggeration postcards 
  
In the USA between 1905 and 1915 there was a popular craze for exaggeration, "tall-tale" or "freak" postcards[1] that used photomontage to highlight the wonders of the American West. William H. 'Dad' Martin of Ottawa, Kansas became the most popular of these photographers because of his wit and the wide variety of the subjects he chose to include. In his fictional world farmers sit astride corn cobs the size of buses, drive cars laden with vast onions and potatoes to market and chase rabbits the size of sedans.
 
Other photographers including H.M. Brown (Gilmer Valley, Washinton), Wolfe Photo (Burlington, Washington), O. T. Frasch (Seattle, Washington)[2], Henry M. Beach[3] (upstate New York), F.D. Conrad (Garden City, Kansas), Edward H. Mitchell, Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. and others made exaggeration photo postcards during their most popular era in the USA which was 1905-1920. 
  
652.05   Popular formats >  William H. Martin: Exaggeration photo postcards 
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William H. 'Dad' Martin of Ottawa, Kansas (USA) was the creator of a number of exaggeration photo postcards[4] between 1908 and 1911 that showed the most extreme aspects of mid-western life. By the use of photomontage he juxtaposed agricultural products, objects and people to amuse the consumer. These cards are also called "tall-tale" or "freak" postcards.[5] 
  
652.06   Popular formats >  Henry M. Beach: Exaggeration photo postcards 
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Henry M. Beach[6] in upstate was one of many photographers and studio owners who sa the opportunity to made quirky "tall-tale" or "freak" exaggeration postcards at the height of the postcard boom in America. In his postcard We Caught these in the Rapids Just Below the Bridge at Forestport, N.Y.[7] vast fish are flying into the arms of anglers - indeed so vast that in another postcard We Had a Team to Haul Em Out at the Schenevus Fish Carnival.[8] horses are dragging them out of the water infront of crowds on onlookers. 
  
Painted postcards 
  
652.07   Popular formats >  Painted postcards 
  
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Art postcards 
  
652.08   Popular formats >  Japanese Art Photography preserved on Postcards 
  
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Bass-relief postcards 
  
652.09   Popular formats >  Bass-relief postcards (1900-1910) 
  
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Colour postcards 
  
652.10   Popular formats >  Color postcards of the battles at Verdun 
  
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The French publisher L'Edition Francaise Illustree (30 Rue de Provence, Paris) issued sets of color photographs of the battles at Verdun and the Marne. The set shown here is the Verdun series - 1916…1917, Les Champs de Bataille de Verdun!... Photographies directes en Couleurs
  
Political postcards 
  
652.11   Popular formats >  Unemployment in Thatcher's Britain 
  
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Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 during what was a highly charged political atmosphere. Her intention was to reduce the power of trade unions and the resulting miner's strike of the 1980s traumatised the country. Unemployed was high and the chance of getting a job was remote at a time when Norman Tebbit famously said about the racial and unemployment riots taking place:
I grew up in the '30s with an unemployed father. He didn't riot. He got on his bike and looked for work, and he kept looking till he found it.
By the right it was seen as a solution and by the left it was seen a callous and unrealistic statement. The companies printing political postcards, most notable Leeds Postcards, used photographs that parody the postcards that could be bought in British cities and seaside towns. The distinctive orange and white design of government unemployment offices was used to parody the complacency of the middle class and the impossibility of getting a job. Showing an astronaut visiting a job centre was a serious reflection of the times.[9] The use of humour, parody and satire was intense in the postcards of this period. 
  
 
  

Footnotes 
  
  1. Λ Clément Chéroux & Ute Eskildsen, 2008, The Stamp of Fantasy: The Visual Inventiveness of Photographic Postcards, (Steidl); Alain Weill, 2011, Tall-Tale Postcards: Early Twentieth Century American Photomontages of the Unexpected, (Gourcuff Gradenigo); Hal Morgan. 1981, Big Time: American Tall-Tale Postcards, (New York: St. Martin's Press); Cynthia Elyce Rubin and Morgan Williams, 1990, Larger Than Life: The American Tall-Tale Postcard, 1905-1915 (New York: Abbeville Press); Roger L. Welsch. 1976, Tall-Tale Postcards: A Pictorial History, (New York: A.S. Barnes and Company) 
      
  2. Λ E. Morgan Williams Collection of exaggerated postcards
    (Accessed: 22 July 2013)
    www.fruitfromwashington.com/Varieties/art/williams_cards.htm 
      
  3. Λ Robert Bogdan, 2003, Adirondack Vernacular: The Photography of Henry M. Beach, (Syracuse University Press) 
      
  4. Λ Clément Chéroux & Ute Eskildsen, 2008, The Stamp of Fantasy: The Visual Inventiveness of Photographic Postcards, (Steidl); Alain Weill, 2011, Tall-Tale Postcards: Early Twentieth Century American Photomontages of the Unexpected, (Gourcuff Gradenigo); Hal Morgan. 1981, Big Time: American Tall-Tale Postcards, (New York: St. Martin's Press); Cynthia Elyce Rubin and Morgan Williams, 1990, Larger Than Life: The American Tall-Tale Postcard, 1905-1915 (New York: Abbeville Press); Roger L. Welsch. 1976, Tall-Tale Postcards: A Pictorial History, (New York: A.S. Barnes and Company) 
      
  5. Λ "Tall Tale Postcards: Storytelling through the mail - A virtual exhibit", Michigan State University Museum
    (Accessed: 22 July 2013)
    museum.msu.edu/museum/tes/talltale/ 
      
  6. Λ Robert Bogdan, 2003, Adirondack Vernacular: The Photography of Henry M. Beach, (Syracuse University Press) 
      
  7. Λ Private collection of Robert Bogdan 
      
  8. Λ Private collection of Robert Bogdan 
      
  9. Λ As a personal aside during this period I remember visiting a Job Centre and there were only two jobs available on the board - one for a glassblower in Cornwall and the other for an aircraft engineer in Saudi Arabia. (Alan Griffiths) 
      

alan@luminous-lint.com

 
  

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General reading 
  
Arluke, Arnold & Bogdan, Robert, 2010, Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935, (Syracuse University Press) isbn-13: 978-0815632452 [Δ
  
Blake, Jody & Lasansky, Jeannette, 1997, Rural Delivery: Real Photo Postcards from Central Pennsylvania, 1905-1935, (Union County, Pennsylvania: Union County Historical Society) [Δ
  
Bodleian Library, 2008, Postcards from the Trenches: Images from the First World War, (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford) isbn-10: 1851243917 isbn-13: 978-1851243914 [Collector's Foreword by John Fraser, Introduction by Andrew Roberts] [Δ
  
Bogdan, Robert & Weseloh, Todd, 2006, Real Photo Postcard Guide: The People’s Photography, (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press) [Δ
  
Chéroux, Clément & Eskildsen, Ute, 2008, The Stamp of Fantasy: The Visual Inventiveness of Photographic Postcards, (Steidl) isbn-10: 3865216080 isbn-13: 978-3865216083 [Δ
  
Fanelli, Giovanni & Godoli, Ezio, 1987, Art Nouveau Postcards, (New York: Rizzoli) isbn-10: 0847808327 isbn-13: 978-0847808328 [Δ
  
Geary, Christraud, 1998, ‘Different Visions? Postcards from Africa by European and African Photographers and Sponsors‘, in in: Christraud Geary & Virginia-Lee Webb (eds.), 1998, Delivering Views: Distant Cultures in Early Postcards (Washington, DC) [Δ
  
Geary, Christraud M. & Webb, Virginia-Lee (eds.), 1998, Delivering Views: Distant Cultures in Early Postcards, (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press) isbn-10: 1560987596 isbn-13: 978-1560987598 [Δ
  
Gibbs, George G., 1988, April, ‘Postcards by famous American photographers‘, Postcard Collector [Δ
  
Jackson, Donald C., 2013, Pastoral and Monumental: Dams, Postcards, and the American Landscape, (University of Pittsburgh Press) isbn-10: 082294426X isbn-13: 978-0822944263 [Δ
  
Mathews, Oliver, 1977, 3 June, ‘Early Photographic Postcards‘, The British Journal of Photography [Δ
  
Morgan, Hal, 1981, Big Time: American Tall-Tale Postcards, (New York: St. Martin's Press) [Δ
  
Morgan, Hal & Brown, Andreas, 1981, Prairie Fires and Paper Moons: The American Photographic Postcard, 1900–1920, (Boston: David R. Godine) [Δ
  
Sante, Luc, 2009, Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard 1905-1930, (Verse Chorus Press) isbn-10: 1891241559 isbn-13: 978-1891241550 [Δ
  
Vanderwood, Paul J & Samponaro, Frank, 1988, Border Fury: Picture Postcard of Mexico's Revolution and U.S. Preparedness, 1910-1917, (Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press) [Δ
  
Vaule, Rosamond, 2004, As We Were: American Photographic Postcards, 1905-1930, (Jaffrey, New Hampshire: Godine) [Δ
  
Wall, E.J. & Ward H. Snowden, 1906, The Photographic Picture Post Card: For Personal Use and For Profit, (London: Dawbarn & Ward, Ltd) [Δ
  
Weill, Alain, 2011, Tall-Tale Postcards: Early Twentieth Century American Photomontages of the Unexpected, (Gourcuff Gradenigo) isbn-10: 235340104X [Δ
  
Welsch, Roger L., 1976, Tall-Tale Postcards: A Pictorial History, (New York: A.S. Barnes and Company) [Δ
  
Wolff, Laetitia (ed.), 2005, Real Photo Postcards: Unbelievable Images from the Collection of Harvey Tulcensky, (New York: Princeton Architectural Press) [Δ
  
 
  
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
  
Pierre Dieulefils 
  
Vincent, Thierry, 1997, Pierre Dieulefils: photographe-editeur de cartes postales d'Indochine : plus de 4800 re´fe´rences sur le Tonkin, Annam, Cochinchine, Cambodge, Yunnan, Chine, (Gignac-la-Nerthe: [Thierry Vincent]) [Δ
  
Walker Evans 
  
Rosenheim, Jeff L., 2009, Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard, (Steidl & Partners) [Δ
  
Martin Parr 
  
Parr, Martin, 2001, Langweilige Postkarten: Boring Postcards Germany, (Phaidon Press Ltd) isbn-10: 0714840629 isbn-13: 978-0714840628 [Δ
  
Parr, Martin, 2004, Boring Postcards, (Phaidon Press Ltd) isbn-10: 0714843903 isbn-13: 978-0714843902 [Δ
  
Parr, Martin, 2004, Boring Postcards USA: Insights into American social, cultural and architectural values, (Phaidon Press Ltd) isbn-10: 0714843911 isbn-13: 978-0714843919 [Δ
  
 
  
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - alan@luminous-lint.com 
  

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ThumbnailBeauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935 
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Released (October 15, 2010)
ThumbnailHenry M. Beach: Real photo postcards 
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Released (December 29, 2007)
ThumbnailJapanese Art Photography preserved on Postcards 
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Released (February 22, 2008)
ThumbnailPhoto Postcards: The People's Photography 
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Released (October 26, 2006)
ThumbnailPostcards with a message (1980-2000) 
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Released (September 17, 2010) These postcards are the copyright of different individuals and organisations and are shown here for educational purposes. Should any party with a legitimate claim wish to have an image removed please let me know.
ThumbnailReal Photo Postcards - Portraits: The Brian Smolens Collection 
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Released (September 4, 2008)
ThumbnailReal Photo Postcards: African Americans 
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Released (February 21, 2007)
ThumbnailRoss Verlag: Real Photo Postcard Portraits 
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Released (February 3, 2013)
 
  

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ThumbnailFred Judge: Night photography in England 
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ThumbnailFred Judge: UK: London: Night: Postcards 
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ThumbnailFred Judge: UK: Postcards 
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ThumbnailLéopold-Emile Reutlinger: Postcards 
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ThumbnailReutlinger: Postcards 
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   Still thinking about these... 
  
ThumbnailBass-relief postcards (1900-1910) 
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ThumbnailPostcards: Themes: Ethnic 
ThumbnailUSA: California: Yosemite: Postcards 
 
  
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