Learn About Picture Postcards: The Happy Invention – Elmhurst Toyota Dealer

November 22nd, 2021 by

The Happy Invention: The History and Significance of Picture Postcards takes place on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at 7 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to attend in-person at the Elmhurst Public Library or virtually via Zoom. Katherine Hamilton-Smith, the founding curator of the Curt Teich Postcard Archives, will give a powerful, 50-minute presentation on the historical significance of picture postcards. You’ll learn about the history of the American picture postcard and how the state of Illinois was integral to its development. At Elmhurst Toyota, we believe The Happy Invention will be a great event on a fascinating topic close to the Elmhurst community. We hope you have a chance to attend, either in-person or online.

Picture Postcards: The Happy InventionWhile the world’s first picture postcards were printed in 1889, they wouldn’t make their way to America for another four years. The first American picture postcards were produced for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, certifying Illinois as the birthplace of the American picture postcard. Since then, postcards have become a fixture of American life, showcasing everything imaginable, including classic landmarks like train stations and streets, bandstands, advertisements for products and services, and cartoons depicting scenes of social history. An 1870 diary entry of a Welsh curate called postcards “a happy invention,” providing the inspiration for the name of this event.

In 2016, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives, the world’s largest public collection of postcards and related materials, was given to the Newberry Library. The Happy Invention will bring the history of this postcard collection to life through a lively illustrated presentation.

Date and Time:
Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Elmhurst Public Library
125 S Prospect Ave
Elmhurst, IL, 60126

This is a free hybrid event. Registration is required.

For More Information:
Call the Elmhurst Public Library at (630) 279-8696 or email [email protected].

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