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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.

Northern Illinois State Normal School, De Kalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Oct. 29 Well, Carrie how about the letter I was to get. am well with Love Lena, am going Back tomorrow Sent To: Mrs Chas Thuner(?) 121 Washington St, Green Bay, Wis, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Normal School, Education
The Swen F. Parson Library
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, THE SWEN F. PARSON LIBRARY, dedicated in 1952, is the new heart of Northern Illinois State College, DeKalb, Illinois. It is of Joliet Marble in collegiate Gothic design., DeKalb, Educational, Place, Normal School, Education
Boat Racing Rockford, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Rockford, Mr Weaver, I am mailing you a post card which I think will 'look good to you' - I ran across this card while looking for some different views than I had and where I have put the x that looks very much like the 'Gloria' to me, is it? Mr. Brown had a number of us out last night to play 500 so asked Mr. Helmer to give me your address as I wanted to mail you a P.C.S. He thinks if it is the boat it must have been taken when he was on his vacation. It looked to me like the flag and pennant. I should like to receive a P.C. from your place if not too much trouble. E.L. Beaston, 614 Fisher Av. Mch 1-08. Sent To: J. C. Weaver, 341 E. Walnut St.,Lancaster, Pa, Winnebago, People, Place, Entertainment
St. Mary's Catholic Church, DeKalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, N.W. corner of 4th and Pine Streets, DeKalb, Religious, Place, Fourth Street, Pine Street, Religion
The Tonti 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. There is no other place in the state where one may spend more profitably 'the summer days in Illinois', and in which one may enjoy more rest and lasting pleasure. The Park is a perfect wonderland of forest beauty, where summer days pass like a happy dream. The TONTI canyon here pictured is but one of many canyons of equal beauty to be found in this attractive pleasure-ground., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
I.O.O.F. Day, May 13, 1913, Lee Center, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee, Commercial/Business, Equipment, People, Place
Bird's Eye View, Aurora, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Aurora, 5/21/8 Dear Mama and Helen -- Arrived here on train 8:50. Did not wait for the electric: Leave here 10:15. It is fine today. Dady, Sent To: Helen J. Baldwin, 523 So. 2nd St., DeKalb, Illinois, Kane, Commercial/Business, Place, Economic Development
3690. Bridge and State Street. Rockford, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Rockford, Rockford April 22, dear Clint and Bistha, we got here sunday night it is a dandy place and if we make good I shall like it. the people are so sociable Ted is down town making out the papers for the store and as soon as I find out the no I will write to you again, put your [?] and send it to gen Del. from Lizzie, Winnebago, Commercial/Business, Place
Township High School, DeKalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Located on Sycamore Road, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Education
Peoria Avenue, Dixon, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, Lee, Residential, Place, Economic Development
'Castle Rock' - On Rock River, Route 2, Oregon, Illinois
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Oregon, Ogle, Place
'Forward! March!' Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Rockford, Winnebago, Government, People, Camp Grant
Northern Illinois State Normal School. DeKalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, donor - Irene McKay Collection, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Normal School, Education
Club House and Shore Pistakee Yacht Club Ill
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Hello Mrs W- having a fine time this fine weather. Mrs Boie (?) Sent To: Mrs. T. J. Winders, Malta, Ill., McHenry, Place, Entertainment
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Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee Center, Ill., Lee, Commercial/Business, Industrial, Equipment, People, Place, Agriculture, Economic Development
Dixon, Ill. Rock River Scenery, Whirlpool Rocks, the Middle Bluff
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, Another of the series of rocky promontories along the swift current in the Grand Detour bend. In the deep, dark water at the base of these rocks black bass and wall-eyed pike are found to tempt and test the skill of the angler; Piano and organ Tuning and repairing; Sent To: Mr. F. G. Easton, 522 W. 7th. St., Dixon, Ill., Lee, Place
Woodside Cemetery Lee Center, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee, Monumental, Place
View From 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. Located on the curving shores of the Illinois River and not far from the main west entrance to this Park is the famous STARVED ROCK. A view from the top is most inspiring; the flat summit is about one-half an acre in area, and covered with forest trees and bushes. Altho it is nearly 200 feet in hight, the steep cliffs are now easy to ascend; for enterprise has girded its almost perpendicular sides with stairs and bridges of iron. Here every evening hundreds of tourists view the ever-changing scenes painted by the hand of Nature, as the golden sun drifts among the clouds, reflecting upon the water a panorama of wondrous beauty., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
Sulphur - Spring Wedron Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Wedron, Lasalle, People, Place
Rock River Dam, Dixon, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, Lee, Commercial/Business, Industrial, Residential, Place, Economic Development
Turtle Rock, As Seen From Indian Trail, 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. To many visitors, the most interesting scenes in the State Park are at the summit of a high rocky bluff along the river bank, and over the historic Indian trails, where many picturesque rock formations are revealed in bold relief: some resemble faces, some old castles, while others remind us of some pre-historic animal or reptile. Here, as in centuries past, TURTLE ROCK displays its grotesque features., LaSalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
View Near Lee Center
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Maude, Lee, Place
Oakland Residence, Creston Illinois 1909.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Creston, Oakland Residence, Creston, Illinois 1909, Ogle, Residential, Place
Business Section, Dixon, Illinois
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, BUSINESS SECTION, DIXON, ILLINOIS Looking North on Galena Street, Lee, Commercial/Business, Place
St. Mary's School and Hall, De Kalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, S.W. corner of 4th and Fisk Streets, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Fourth Street, Education