40 Illinois Postcards: Centenary Rarities and Computer Graphics

 40 Illinois Postcards: Centenary Rarities and Computer Graphics

Postcards are a special kind of art that has remained relevant for at least 150 years. During this time, postcards have evolved, changed their appearance, shape and moved from post offices and souvenir shops to the Internet. But the idea of a postcard remains the same: postcards tell us about memorable historical moments, help us congratulate on personal holidays and show us interesting places from all over the world.

The official history of postcards originates in Austria. There, the first postcard was issued on October 1, 1869. Two years later, the first illustrations appeared on postcards.

In the USA, postcards began to be published in 1873. They depicted the Interstate Industrial Exhibition that took place in Chicago. Here, exactly 20 years later, the first souvenir cards appeared in the US. They were designed to advertise the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

We examined the evolution of postcards in Chicago from the end of the 19th century to the present day, examined the exhibits of the Chicago Postcard Museum and modern vector images presented on the Internet. Below, you can find a compilation of the best Chicago Morning Star postcards.

 

World’s Columbian Exposition 1893

 

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Government Building, 1893

 

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Electrical Building, 1893

 

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Woman’s Building, 1893

I WILL

 

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Coliseum Building, 1909

 

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Federal Building, 1909

 

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Art Institute, 1909

Souvenir of Chicago

 

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Wrigley Building, 1915

 

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Union Stock Yards, 1915

 

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The Drake Hotel, 1915

 

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Michigan Avenue Looking North from Art Institute, 1915

 

Chicago at Night

 

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State Street at Night South From Washington, 1911

 

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Michigan Boulevard at Night, 1912
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Michigan Ave Showing Blackstone and Congress Hotels by Night, 1912
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Marshall Field & Co., State Street Looking South, 1915

A Century of Progress

 

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A Century of Progress Chicago, 1933

 

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The Midway, 1933

 

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General Motors Building at Night, 1933

1950-1960

 

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Cook County Hospital, 1950

 

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The Fabulous Gold Coast Fringing on Lake Michigan, 1961
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Chicago’s Skyscrapers, 1964

Greetings From Chicago

 

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Greeting from Chicago, 1908

 

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Greeting from Chicago, 1910

 

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Howdy From Chicago, 1911

 

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Greeting from Chicago, 1915

 

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Greeting from Chicago, 1939

 

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Greeting from Chicago, 1941

 

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Greeting from Chicago, 1962

Cars

 

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Illinois

 

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Gangsters

 

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Signs

 

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Collage

 

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Art

 

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Chicago

 

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Senior editor of the Chicago Morning Star

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