Postcard Collection

The Regional History Center's postcard collection provides a unique source for photographic and artistic documentation of people, places and events, with the majority being produced during the 1900-1940 period. Many of the cards in this collection came from four manuscript collections held by the Regional History Center: W.W. Embree (RC 2); Sabin-Van Arsdale (RC 32); Kavadas (RC 50); and Hall Family (RC 117). A fair amount of the collection consists of cards depicting scenes or events from the Northern Illinois region and Illinois. Also representative in the collection are postcards of other states, national holidays and special occasions, American Indians, foreign countries, advertisements, and calendars and blotters.

For more information about this collection, please see the Center's finding aid.

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Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee Center, Ill. ca. 1910. stacking hay, Lee, Residential, Place, Agriculture
Ice House at Lee Center, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Ice House at Lee Center, Ill., Lee, Commercial/Business, Industrial, Equipment, People, Place, Agriculture, Economic Development
Memorial Arch - Dixon, Illinois
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, Lee, Commercial/Business, Place
Comb's Mill, Kishwaukee River, near Sycamore Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Sycamore, DeKalb, Industrial, Place, Economic Development, Frontier Settlement
Kishwaukee Country Club House, DeKalb, Illinois
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, DeKalb, Place, Entertainment
Sandusky Portland Cement Works, Dixon, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, Lee, Industrial, Place, Economic Development
Scenes in Rochelle
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Rochelle, Rochelle Hospital, No[vember] 10-1914, Dear Friend. I hope you are well. Its such lovely days. I am better went out this morning for a very sho[r]t walk. hope to be home befor long. Your friend. Mrs Hodges, Sent To: Cicero Frost, Lee Centre, Illinois, Lee Co. Front of postcard contains the following: Scene in Rochelle, Ill., High School, Rochelle, Ill., Public School, Rochelle, Ill., Washington St., Rochelle, Ill., Old Quarry, Rochelle, Ill., 6th St., Rochelle, Ill., P.O. Block & Masonic Hall, Rochelle, Ill., 7th St., Rochelle, Ill., and another view of 6th St., Rochelle, Ill., Ogle, Commercial/Business, Educational, Residential, Place, Seventh Street, Sixth Street, Education
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Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, cattle in pasture, Place, Agriculture
Greetings from Earlville, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Earlville, Thanks for the buttons. Tho I looked in vain for a word with them, you will see by the card we have been to Earlville. Went over there Sat - Mar 28 to a hobby show. Very good little show. Claude and family did their moving that day. Snowed or rained all day. Sleepy now so bye. M.C.D. Sent To: Mrs Peter Karadas, 728 N. 6th Street, DeKalb Ill, LaSalle, Place, Agriculture
Interior View of Haish Auditorium, DeKalb, Illinois
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Sent To Miss Fisher, c/o Fisher's Bakery, Aurora, Ills; Haish Auditorium, 117 N. 3rd St., DeKalb, Place, Entertainment
View from Assembly Park, Dixon, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, Lee, Place, Entertainment
Drilling Well for Haskel Lodge I.O.O.F 1004, Lee Center, Ill, Feb 20, 1913
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Dear Mae, We look all day yesterday for you folks. How are you all eney way. Mama wont feel very good. Hattie. Sent To: Mrs. Sam. Dishang, Amboy Ill, Rout 2, Lee, Industrial, Residential, People, Place, Economic Development
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Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee Center, Ill. ca. 1910, Lee, People, Place, Agriculture
Tudor Club, De Kalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Dear 'Pickles': Will you send this to your sister Caroline. It is where she roomed and I knew she would enjoy it. How are you and who's 'It' now - are you still determined not to marry a Dr.? Give Miss Buren(?) my undying Rs. ever. M. R. B. Sent To Miss Margaret Linehan (?) Lake Geneva, Wis. Lakeside; Tudor Club located at 305 Augusta, 1903-1910. Known as Rickard Club 1912-1923., DeKalb, Residential, Place
Scene in the Illinois Canyon, Starved Rock, Illinois State Park.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, STARVED ROCK, ILLINOIS STATE PARK, Contains about 1,000 acres, located in La Salle County. Certain localities, like certain people, please us at first sight. Sometimes we cannot tell exactly why this is. The fact remains, however, they please us. The ILLINOIS canyon is such a palce; the scene itself is beautiful, yet we enjoy the walk, the murmur of the cascade, the rippling water in the little brook, the wild flowers beneath our feet, the echo of forest songsters all so restful. Just alone with Nature!, Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
Main St. Lee Center Ill
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee, Commercial/Business, Residential, Place, Main Street, Economic Development
Beauty Spot in Sinnissippi Park Rockford, Ill
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Rockford, Sinnissippi Park Please return to - Rockford Chamber of Commerce, 100 W Jefferson Street, Rockford, Illinois, Parks, Winnebago, People, Place, Entertainment
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Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee Center, Ill. ca. 1910, Lee, Industrial, People, Place, Agriculture
St. Louis Canyon, Starved Rock, Illinois State Park.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, STARVED ROCK, ILLINOIS STATE PARK, Contains about 1,000 acres, located in La Salle County. New wonders unfold themselves at every turn in this historic Park. The scenes in the ST. LOUIS canyon are most fascinating, for everywhere here one beholds 'the fragments of an earlier world', which gives to this delightful scenery an added charm. Our State Park commission has made no mistake in reserving this property as a recreation ground for the tourist., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
Stone Quarry, Lee Center,
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee, People