Celebrating the Postcard!

Starting this October, the postcard celebrates its 150th year and what better way to celebrate than to introduce POSTCARDS FROM FALMOUTH, a special local history project of the Falmouth Public Library that is based upon our historical postcard collection of noted buildings, landmarks, and locations within the town of Falmouth.

Introduced in 1869 as a way of sending a simple message, postcards quickly evolved beyond their practical purpose to become the universal souvenir that brightens everyone’s mailboxes.  Today, however, postcards also provide us with rare glimpses into the past and serve as a way of documenting history.

That is why we jumped at the chance when we saw the opportunity for a grant to develop projects that use historical documents–such as our historical postcard collection–to discover unknown facts and stories about Falmouth during days gone by.  After all, to collect, preserve, and share such resources is what the Falmouth Public Library has been doing since 1792!

Over the next two years, the Library will be working on creating an oral history based upon the two postcard collections generously given to the Library by Anita Gunning and Robert C. Hunt, Jr..   

So take a look at the postcards and be sure to follow the project on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Just search #postcardsfromfalmouth 

We’ll keep you posted!


POSTCARDS FROM FALMOUTH is made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act grant,  which is administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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