Primary tabs

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.

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. Every foot of ground in the Park is a natural beauty spot. A tour can be made over the picturesque winding canyon drive covering miles and miles of historic scenery, or, if prefered, one may take the well-beaten Indian trails leading to all the canyons, and especially to this beautiful view, which forms the main attraction at the head of the ILLINOIS canyon., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
U. S. Post Office, DeKalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Post Office on S.W. corner of First Street & Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, Government, Place, First Street, Lincoln Highway, Economic Development
1st Baptist Church, DeKalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 329 S. 3rd Street, DeKalb, Religious, Place, Third Street, Religion
North St. Looking West. Ashton, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Ashton, "1909 Alice Hann" written on face of post card, Lee, Commercial/Business, Place, North Street, Economic Development
'Maj. Gen. Barry's Quarters' - Camp Grant, Rockford. Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Rockford, Winnebago, Government, Residential, Place, Camp Grant
Picnic Area - From Bluffs - Illinois White Pines Forest State Park
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Ogle, Place, Illinois White Pines Forest State Park
Street Scene Cortland Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Cortland, DeKalb, Residential, Place
East and West Mills, American Steel and Wire Co., De Kalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Industrial, Place, Economic Development
Franklin Grove Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Franklin Grove, Jennie Schrank, 1910[on front of card] Many thanks for the postal. Jennie S. Sent To: Mrs. Chas. Frost, Lee Center, Ill., Lee, Commercial/Business, Place, Economic Development
The Fox 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. The FOX canyon is the most favorably located of any of the many canyons in this Park, it being but a short walk from the boat-landing, hotel, and public parking grounds for autos. Altho comparatively a small canyon, it is admired by all and serves to lure the tourist to the greater sights, such as the Hennepin or Illinois, within whose echoing walls a hundred canyons the size of this might be placed., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
First Street, Looking West, Dixon, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, I hope you will get this card. Tell the girls I will send them a card soon. Hopeing you are all well. I am your friend, Ruby Leavens. Sent To Mrs. Chas. N. Frost, Lee Centre, Ill., Lee, Commercial/Business, Place, First Street, Economic Development
North Street, Looking East, Ashton, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Ashton, "1909 Alice Hann" written on face of post card, Lee, Commercial/Business, Place, North Street, Economic Development
April 3 1909 Old School Building Lee Center
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee, Educational, People, Place, Education
Third Ward Park, Freeport, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Freeport, (?)was a just in this city July 1906, Y and A., Stephenson, Monumental, Residential, People, Place, Entertainment
Glidden School De Kalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 1st and Garden (425 S. First St.), DeKalb, Educational, Place, Glidden School, First Street, Education
Cut Off, Between Islands, Sterling, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Sterling, Cousin sent this card by Tom & he wants to go there there soon. From Cousin Emma[?] 1905, Whiteside, Place
Beautiful Homes in Sandwich, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Sandwich, This is one of the beautiful homes of our town, at the south end of DeKalb Co. J. Earl L. Sent To: Helen Taylor Baldwin, 523 S. 2nd St., DeKalb, Ill, DeKalb, Residential, Place
Morgan Street, North Dixon, Dixon, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, Lee, Residential, Place
Gathering Autumn Leaves in Ellwood's Woods, DeKalb, Illinois
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, DeKalb, Religious, People, Place, Religion
'Strike One.'--Baseball and Other Good Sports for Recreation and Muscle Building. Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Rockford, Winnebago, Government, People, Place, Camp Grant
Street Scene Creston, Illinois
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Creston, Ogle, Residential, Place
'Elk Rock' on Rock River Along the Black Hawk Trail - Oregon, Illinois
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Oregon, Ogle, Place
Waiting for the Car, Lee Center
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Group standing in front of Meat Market, Lee Center, Lee, Commercial/Business, People, Place
Excavating for I.O.O.F. Hall, Lee Center, Ill, April 2, 1913.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee, Industrial, People, Place, Economic Development
Untitled
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee Center, Ill. ca. 1910. three unidentified children, Lee, People