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Digital North Carolina Blog

This blog is maintained by the staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and features highlights from the collections at DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina.

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Real Photo Postcards Advertised in 1906

We found this ad in an issue of the Sylvan Valley News, published in Brevard on August 10, 1906.  The “novelty” of creating custom postcards was a widespread phenomenon, resulting the creation of many thousands of rare and often unique images that seem especially striking when we come across them today.  Photographic or “real photo” postcards are actual photographic prints produced on postcard backs, enabling the users to mail them as they would a normal postcard.  While the act of simply mailing a snapshot doesn’t seem like a big deal today, it was in the early twentieth-century, as people around the country shared scenic and personal photos with ease.

There are several real photo postcards in the Images of North Carolina collection on DigitalNC, and even more in the North Carolina Postcards collection published by the North Carolina Collection.  Here are a few of my favorites:
Dora Mayberry, from the Davie County Public Library.
Dora Mayberry, Cooleemee (Davie County Public Library).
 

John T. Etheridge of Rocky Mount (North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).  Note the raccoon skin on the wall behind him.
 

Fisherman repairing a net in Morehead City (North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
 

Susie Sharp family photo, Reidsville (North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

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