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About this collection

Historical Context

This digital library highlights the ways in which we document our personal histories through material culture—specifically through “Road Trip” memorabilia. The beginnings of the “Road Trip” are commonly associated with the 1950s and 1960s middle-class, leisure, socio-economic comfort, and Americana culture.

Current Context

In some ways, the "road trip" democratized travel for Americans, especially those who were employed with benefits, were able to take vacation time, and had ready access to stable transportation. Because of this level of comfort, road-trippers were able to purchase mementos to take them back to their vacation days. The commercial sale of “documenting” those moments is somewhat lost to current generations because we are able to document our own memories using digital cameras, smart phones, social media, and we have ready access to Internet technologies. To these ends, The Vintage Postcards: Road Trip Memorabilia Digital Library, seeks to provide a lens into what some scholars have called, “The First Instagram:” postcards.

Contributors

The culture of postcards is very much one of participation. Please comment and tag on the items in this library when you are moved to do so, and also check out the About page for more information about the original collection contributor herself. If you're looking for more information about how to "tag" or "comment" on an object, take a peek at the FAQ page. 

 
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