About the Book . . .
Postcard messages and photographs tell the stories of ordinary lives during a time of far-reaching technological, demographic, and social changes: a family’s new combine harvester that could cut 40 acres a day; a young woman trying to find work in a man’s world; the sight of an airplane in flight. However, postcards also chronicled and shared hardship and tragedy—the glaring reality of homesteading on the High Plains, natural disasters, preparations for war, and the struggles for racial and gender equality.
With a meticulous eye for detail, painstaking research, and astute commentary, Wilson surveys more than 170 photographic postcards, that provide insights into every aspect of life a century ago.
“Brilliant. Essentially, Wilson reveals the American zeitgeist through his discussion of the Photographic Postcard.” —Tai Kreidler, editor, Nikkei Farmer on the Nebraska Plains, archivist, Southwest Collection at Texas Tech
“Kenneth Wilson superbly documents everyday American life in the early 20th century through images on real photo postcards--and messages inscribed on them. His comments on individual cards are enhanced by detailed historical research into the ordinary people who made, sent, and received them.” —Jeffrey L. Meikle, author, Design in the USA, and Postcard America
“Kenneth Wilson takes us on a lively excursion through a robust paper archive to open our eyes to yesterday. The exploration reveals how the photographic postcard can be a time capsule about people, places, and events of the early twentieth century.” —Daniel Arreola, author, Postcards from the Río Bravo Border