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Valentine’s Day Postcards on Display

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Tree of valentines day postcardsIf you stop by the Circulation Desk on level 1 of the library, you will find a lovely new species of tree. This rare flora grows flowers that are miniaturized replicas from our Werner von Boltenstern postcard collection. The von Boltenstern collection is one of the largest publicly-accessible collections of postcards in the United States, containing approximately 1 million postcards from around the world, dating from the late 19th century to the present.

These specific images were selected by library student assistant Christiana Davis, who noted:

“There were many cards to choose from and although there was a lot of variety, I noticed that they followed similar conventions. Most postcards had strong, vibrant colors in the background. They relayed light-hearted connotations and messages for the viewer. I also observed that most of them comprised some type of rhyme or riddle. Most modern postcards I’ve seen do not have this. Instead, they depict a photograph or illustration of nature or locations. I also thought that the constant presence of angelic figures or depictions was interesting. Given that Valentine’s Day is a holiday represented by Cupid, this is not a surprise, but the consistency was remarkable. A plethora of postcards had a unique and delicate depiction of angels.”

Schedule an appointment to stop by Archives and Special Collections (level 3) and do some research of your own!