A great way to share travel adventures with friends and family back home, railroad postcards were a popular item in the first quarter of the twentieth century. Common subjects included new railroad bridges and stations (depots), route scenery, luxurious railcar interiors, and even collapses, crashes, and trains getting stuck in various predicaments. Collectors look for strange locations, specific railroads ('roads') and routes, rarity, condition and visual appeal. Railroad postcards are relatively plentiful (since people used to keep them as souvenirs) and can therefore be affordable.
Interviews & Articles
In 1994, I had the great pleasure of acquiring the complete archive of Walker Evans for the Metropolitan Museum. The archive is qu… [more]
Many people are fascinated by railroads. At one time, railroads were connected to most aspects of community and economic life, and… [more]
My husband Bill always loved trains and my grandfather had been an executive with the Denver and Rio Grande here. We opened up a l… [more]
I worked for 35 years as a reference librarian with the Madison Public Library and I just got interested in Madison’s history thro… [more]
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Clubs & Associations
- Key, Lock and Lantern, Inc.
- Railroadiana Collectors Association, Inc.
- National Association of Timetable Collectors
- San Francisco Bay Area Postcard Club
- National Railway Historical Society