Friday, April 10, 2015

Postcards From Around The World

History

The first postcards appeared in the 1800`s in Europe.

Early postcards were pictures of landmarks, scenic views, photographs or drawings of celebrities and so on. With steam locomotives providing fast and affordable travel, the seaside became a popular tourist destination, and generated its own souvenir-industry. In 1894 came the birth of the British Seaside postcards.

The 1930`s saw the emergence of the cartoon-style saucy postcards, these became so widespread that at the peak of their popularity the sale of saucy postcards reached a massive 16 million a year. The saucy postcards depicted scenes of a bawdy nature and made use of traditionally characters such as vicars, large ladies and put-upon husbands, very much in the same way as the Carry On films use to.

These days postcards are still used as souvenirs of our holidays as well as for advertising products and services and showing off artwork which is a great alternative to large prints or posters. Did you know that someone who collects and studies postcards is called a Deltiologist.

Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina Postcard   Iguazu falls - Aerial view Postcard   View of Buenos Aires at sunset Postcard Australia

Postcard Of Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia   Australian Flag Postcard   Postcard Of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

Brazil

brazil_postcard   brazil_rio_de_janeiro_postcard   iguazu_falls_aerial_view_postcard

Canada

cn_tower_and_buildings_in_toronto_ontario_canada_postcard   panoramic_view_of_montreal_postcard   niagara_falls_postcard

Egypt

great_sphinx_of_giza_in_egypt_postcard   reef_beach_sharm_el_sheikh_egypt_postcard   dahab_bay_egypt_postcard

England

abbey_gardens_suffolk_england_postcard   tower_bridge_london_england_postcard   stonehenge_wiltshire_england_postcard

France

paris_france_vintage_look_postcard   pyramid_in_louvre_museum_paris_france_postcard   south_facade_notre_dame_cathedral_paris_france_postcard

Greece

postcard_of_athens_greece   santorini_greece_postcard   greece_mykonos_sunset_postcard

Italy

venice_italy_postcard   ruins_of_the_coliseum_in_rome_italy_postcard   mt_vesuvius_and_the_ruins_of_pompeii_in_italy_postcard

Malaysia

batu_caves_statue_malaysia_postcard   malaysia_cityscape_postcard   putrajaya_malaysia_postcard

Spain

benidorm_costa_blanca_spain_postcard   sagrada_familia_barcelona_spain_postcard   plaza_mayor_madrid_spain_postcard

USA

key_west_florida_usa_postcard   new_york_city_postcard   mount_rushmore_south_dakota_usa_presidents_postcard