Today’s post features scans of vintage postcards. This ephemera collection contains a variety of aged papers and neutral postmark stamps. These scans can be used for scrapbooking, but could also be quite useful a wide range of digital projects. You can print these over and over to use in your crafts, as photo mats, to write notes or journal spots, in altered art for backgrounds or ATC, really anything that you like. The muted tones and textures make these antique postcards a useful source.
The origin of the picture postcard is unknown, though the earliest known postcard, or picture postal as they used to be known, dates back to the 1840s. It was a hand painted design sent to the London writer Theodore Hook. Many of the first postcards were blank cards or featured advertisements. Some even came with stamps already included as part of the design. It wasn’t until the 1870s that souvenir postcards first became popular – the first being from Vienna in 1871. Other countries and cities soon followed suit. The first souvenir postcard in the US was printed in 1893 and was an advertisement for the World’s Columbian Exposition.
Printable Sheet for letter sized paper (PDF – Click to view or save):
Digital Images as PNG files to use on their own or as clipart (click to open at full size and save to your computer) :
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