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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.

Birdseye View Algonquin, Circa 1903
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Algonquin, Century 21 Homestead Realtors, Wayne Ritt, Marketing Specialist, Sent to The Folks At 1600 Yosemite Pkwy., Algonquin, IL 60102, McHenry, Commercial/Business, Residential, Place, Economic Development
Dormitory, Northern Illinois State Normal School, De Kalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Williston Hall, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Normal School, Education
The Sac 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. Many tourists will testify to the charm aud beauty of the SAC canyon; altho small in size compared with the Hennepin, Ottawa, or Tonti canyons, it has the distinction of being the only winding canyon in the Park, presenting an unusual interest to all lovers of nature scenes., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
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Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee Center baseball team [note L.C. on several uniforms] Chriso Ullrich, John Gale, John Brasel, Raymond Callahan, John Frizzell, Lyman Callahan, Miles Leaman, Don Wellman, Lee, People, Entertainment
Howell Trail - Dixon, Illinois
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, Lee, Place, Entertainment
The Hennepin 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. Winding through the forest with high, echoing rocks festooned with climbing vines on either side, we continue to follow the trail through banks of bushes and ferns and wild flowers, untill we reach the very heart of the great HENNEPIN canyon, where the music of the cascade mingles with the sweet notes of woodland songsters -- a scene that never fails to delight the tourist, making the pleasure trip one long to be remembered., Lasalle, Place, Starved Rock State Park
Lee Center Public School Nov. 9 - 1923.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee Center, Ill. Photo almost identical to previous image., Lee, Educational, People, Place, Education
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Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee Center, Ill ca. 1910. [collecting sap from trees], Lee, Place, Agriculture
Pavillion at Assembly Park, Dixon, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, Lee, Place, Entertainment
West Main Street, Showing Normal School in Distance, DeKalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, This is the town for you. ha ha. Sent to Miss Victoria Bilisle, c/o Manchester Dry Goods Co., Manchester, N. H. View is of Main Street, DeKalb, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Educational, Place, Normal School, Lincoln Highway, Main Street, Economic Development, Education
Main St. Lee Center Ill
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee, Commercial/Business, Residential, People, Place, Main Street, Economic Development
Our Workshop, Edgar A Shetter's Jewelry Store
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Our Workshop Right the First Time is Our Motto, Talk to Shetter, 214 East Main Street, DeKalb, Illinois. Edgar A. Shetter's Jewelry Store, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Industrial, People, Place, Main Street, Economic Development
Street View Lee Center
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Sent To: Mrs Hellen Hodges, Ogden City, 1265 Washington Ave, Utah. Post card was written by Mrs. Chas. Frost. [end of card has been cut off], Lee, Residential, Place, Economic Development
Excavating for I.O.O.F. Hall, Lee Center, Ill, Apr. 12, 1913.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee, Industrial, People
Base Street, Fulton, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Fulton, My dear Mrs. B., I was so sorry to hear of your terrible accident. Mrs. Sweet(?) sent me a paper. I hope you may gain as fast as possible and have good courage. With love, Hattie S. Sent To: Mrs. Geo W. Baldwin, 523 S. 2nd St., DeKalb, Illinois, Whiteside, Commercial/Business, Place, Economic Development
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Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee Center, Ill. ca. 1910. Unidentified family by old house, Lee, Residential, People, Place
Township High School, DeKalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Education
'Recreation.--It's Lots of Fun Dancing.' Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Rockford, Winnebago, Government, People, Place, Camp Grant
Pioneer Cabins - Illinois White Pines Forest State Park
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Ogle, Place, Illinois White Pines Forest State Park
Rock River Assembly, Dixon, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Dixon, Aug. 22, '07 From Tom, Lee, Place
Overhanging Rocks in Picnic Area - Illinois White Pines Forest State Park
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Ogle, Place, Illinois White Pines Forest State Park
Public Library DeKalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Haish Memorial Library, Oak Street, Education
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Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, Lee Center, Lee Center, Ill. ca. 1910. farmer plowing field, Lee, Place, Agriculture
Horse Shoe Canyon, Starved Rock, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, This is good view. Prof. I.P.B. 1906. Sent To: Mrs Winders, Malta, Ill., Place, Starved Rock State Park, Entertainment
Public Library De Kalb, Ill.
Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Library located at 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, Place, Haish Memorial Library, Fifth Street, Oak Street