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.
- 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
- 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
- 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