U.S.A. – Linen postcards. Colour, 1930/40s style & unknown places!

An area of postcard collecting with a growing interest are the lovely so called “linen” postcards produced in America from the 1930s until the late 1950s. They are called “linen” cards because of the textured surface to the picture side which simulates fabric. They fell from popularity as the more modern shiny surfaced “real photo” chrome cards starting being developed in the 1940/50s.

There were several publishers of these “linen” cards with probably the best known being Curt Teich, but there were also several others such as Asheville, Tichnor, Colourpicture, EC Cropp, Douglas Smith & Co. There is quite alot of information on the Teich and Asheville cards on the internet (including dating the Teich cards) if you are interested in further research, and I believe the huge Asheville archive of cards and images resides in a museum in North Carolina.

Anyway enough of the boring stuff, I just love the vibrant, gaudy images with almost an art deco feel to some, and with lots of the cards depicting roadside motels and out of the way places. Many of the well known landmarks also get a refreshing alternative view with these cards and I have scanned in several to give a flavour of these attractive and relatively inexpensive cards (Of which I have hundreds in my collections, some of which are for sale here in my delcampe and ebay stores!).


About reynardcollectables

Married to Barbara, two boys, work from home office. Trying to build my collectables hobby into a profitable business.
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