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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.

Science Bldg., N.I.S.T.C., DeKalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, The Science Building was renamed Davis Hall in December 1964., DeKalb, Educational, Place, Normal School, Education
Normal and Training School, Northern Illinois State Normal School. De Kalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Normal School, Education
Band Stand, Huntley Park, De Kalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, DeKalb, Place, Entertainment
Dixon, Ill. Rock River Scenery, the Beautiful Rock River, near Green Rock.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, Lee, Place
Deer Park Canyon, Near 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. When we visit the Starved Rock Park with nothing to do but tour the places of interest, we are very apt to take a pleasure drive and view the beautifl falls in the DEER PARK canyon. We will venture a trip thru the caves, we will drink from the cool bubbling springs in the sunken gardens of forest beauty; then, charmed with the music of rippling water as it falls from the rocky cliffs, turn to our friends and say: "This, indeed is a scene which might well enlist the poet's pen and the artist's brush"!, Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
The La Salle 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. If you are partial to wild flowers of rare beauty, or if your taste is for forest plants and shrubbery; if you are a lover of water scenes, or charmed with the rippling music of cascades, you will visit this Park and follow the wooded drive to the LA SALLE canyon. Here, in the forest, amid trailing vines and wild berry bushes, you will find the unmolested ferns in their native soil. Here are mountain-like bluffs and quiet valleys abounding with interest. Every variety of forest tree known in this part of the world is here. This, to, is the home of forest birds., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
De Kalb County Infirmary, De Kalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Located on Sycamore Road, DeKalb, Place, Sycamore Road
The Wild Cat 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. At every turn of the old Indian trails there is an exhibit of natural forest beauty, where thousands of pleasure-seekers come and go each year. Here, there is much to instruct and and charm us as we wander through the forest or descend the wooded banks and rocky cliffs to the ever-interesting canyons. The beautiful WILD CAT canyon is, indeed, worth traveling many miles to see., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
Main St. Lee Center Ill
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee, Residential, Place, Main Street, Economic Development
First Methodist Church, DeKalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 307 N.4th Street, DeKalb, Religious, Place, Fourth Street, Religion
West Entrance Drive, 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. Few experiences in life are more enjoyable than the tourist's first trip through the Starved Rock Park. There are no two place alike in scenic beauty; each has its own individual attractions. The MAIN WEST ENTRANCE DRIVE presents a bit of charming road scenery. The high massive walls of rock, decked with forest trees, on the one side; the presence of a dense wooded growth on the other, invite the admiration of every tourist. Anticipate what you will, you will not be disappointed with the nature scenes in the Park., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
Scene in Hopkins Park, Dekalb, Illinois
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Dear Aunt Edythe, If you can I'd like to have you come to Jrs. birthday party Wed. the 29nth after dinner. Grandma, mother, Aunt Anne and you are the only ones I'm having. Please come if you can. Love - Edythe. If Evelyn is at home bring her along. Sent To Mrs. Edythe Charlesworth Route 1 Waterman Ill., DeKalb, Place, Entertainment
Stone Quarry Lee Center
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Katheryn Aschonbrenner, Lee, Place
Untitled
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee Center, ca. 1910. Four unidentified men in workshop, Lee, Industrial, People
April 14 1909 Old School Building Lee Center - Used to Make Road
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee, Educational, Place, Education
Fifth St. Looking South - Kirkland Ill -
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Kirkland, July 14, 09. This is Uncle Harley's house. Helen. Sent To: Helen Baldwin, South Second St., DeKalb, Ill., DeKalb, Residential, Place, Fifth Street
De Kalb Ill. Home, 5/5/18
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Home at 924 Shipman Place, DeKalb. From Mrs. Liliberg To Mrs. Lahti; RC 189 Lahti Family Collection, DeKalb, Residential, Place
First Methodist Church, DeKalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, N.W. corner of Oak and 4th Streets, DeKalb, Religious, Place, Fourth Street, Oak Street, Religion
The Brook, Horse Shoe 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. If possible, while touring the canyons and high bluffs in the interior of the Park, visitors should explore also the roads and trails leading to the canyons. A wonderfully fascinating stream is this little brook on the trail leading to Horse Shoe Falls. One can scarcely imagine a more beautiful forest scene. We are charmed with its beauty and subtle influence--the sweet gift of Nature., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
Pub. School Cortland Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Cortland, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Cortland School, Education
Scene from Deer Park near Starved Rock, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, This is just as it looks. Prof. I.P.B. 1906. Sent To: Mrs. Winders, Malta, Ill., LaSalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
Old Stone Quarry Lee Center
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Glad you are getting along so well. Will look for you home soon. This is the place I am going to take you to see next summer. With love, Uncle. Sent To: Miss Sarah Dishong, Compton Ill., Care Hospital., Lee, Place
At the Turn of the Road -- West Entrance Drive, 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. After touring the country highways for hours, and sometimes days, we reach finally the main west entrance to this wonderland of natural beauty. The odor of forest trees and bushes, the profusion of wild flowers and ferns along the roadside, all seem to bid us welcome. Our long talked-of visit to the beautiful and wonderful Starved Rock Park is about to be realized, and our hearts are filled with gratitude and gladness as we lift our eyes to the works of Nature all about us, when, lo! even here, the world is filled with charm and beauty, AT THE TURN OF THE ROAD., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
The Lonesome Pine Illinois White Pines Forest State Park
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Ogle, Place
View from Top of School Bldg. - Sycamore Ill
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Sycamore, DeKalb, Residential, Place