The Postal Card/Post Agenda Display at your Vanishing Texana Building has become abundant added than we expected.
First, there’s the affectation of postal cards, mostly on accommodation from collectors, from the backward 1800’s through 1905. Next to it is a affectation of Jacksonville cards, some you may accept seen, but a couple, like scenes of the Palestine Highway and bodies pond in the basin at Ragsdale Park (both on accommodation from Austin Strickland), will be new to you. There are now two Column Cards of the Twin Architecture on the campus of Alexandria College and one of the architecture afterwards the name was afflicted to Lon Morris College. The oldest one, from 1908, appears to be a photo that was adapted to accommodate added finials, cupolas, and added architectural actualization that never showed up on the final building.
Many of the cards appear from the accumulating of Lu Wegmet and Janie Barber. Of accurate absorption are their postcards depicting World War I and America’s war effort.
In accession to their accomplished collection, a Facebook acquaintance of the building has loaned us a “Silk Card” from the World War I front. An abstract cottony column agenda was a accepted gift soldiers would accelerate home.
As you will see, the cards are bare postcards with an arresting cardboard beleaguer alert to it. The arresting cardboard creates a anatomy for a allotment of cottony on which a architecture is duke abstract in atramentous thread. Generally the arresting cardboard had a “fold over” in it area a soldier could abode a baby photo of himself. These were not bargain souvenirs and generally the soldiers did not address on them, but would enclose them in a letter.
The cottony agenda on affectation in your building has a floral theme, but aggregate from regimental flags to erfly wings was sewn assimilate the silk. The duke adornment is anticipation to accept been done in homes by out of assignment civilians displaced by the war. They would accelerate their assignment to cities (mainly Paris) for final accumulation and distribution. Cottony cards adulterate actual bound and those agnate to the one on affectation are very, actual collectable.
Several of our followers acquaint us that Postal Cards accept their roots in the “Cabinet Cards” of the 1870’s and afore that in the “Carte de Visite” that originated in France in the 1850’s. The Carte de Visite was a baby card, about 2 inches by 3 inches that had a baby photo army on it. The architecture was patented in Paris by a French columnist Andre Disderi. Visitors would generally booty the agenda with them aback calling on accompany and amusing acquaintances. The agenda was apathetic to accretion boundless use until Emperor Napoleon III ordered cards with his angel to be anesthetized out at his cloister as a souvenir.
This fabricated the Carte de Visite an brief awareness and was so accepted it was alleged “Cardomania.” Its acceptance advance throughout Europe and again to America. Bodies alike began to barter the cards amidst accompany and visitors. Albums for the collections and affectation of the cards became a accepted accoutrement in homes.
By the aboriginal 1870’s visiting cards were replaced with “Cabinet Cards.” Chiffonier Cards were beyond (4.5 inches x 6.5 inches) and were generally displayed in a abstracted chiffonier in the parlor of the home. Chiffonier cards additionally benefited from bigger accurate abstracts and cameras which provided abundant greater accuracy to the image. Chiffonier cards remained accepted into the aboriginal 20th aeon until Kodak alien his acclaimed Brownie Camera and home photography of a visiting friend, family, or important amount became the rage.
While we don’t accept any of the Carte de Visite, we do accept a brace of Chiffonier Cards, one of a actual acclaimed being we’ll acquaint you about as Election Day approaches. A chiffonier agenda of three of my ancestors is additionally on display.
We are generally asked about the balmy apple blush actualization of the cards in the age of atramentous and white photography. This affection is alleged “Sepia” and is still an advantage on today’s agenda cameras. A toner was added to the atramentous and white photograph in the darkroom to abate what abounding advised to be the acerbity of atramentous and white photography. Sepia began in ardent in the 1880s, partially to accomplish photographs attending better, but additionally because the chemicals complex in Sepia aided in slowing bottomward the crumbling of the photographs. Technically alleged Sepia toners, they are chemicals that assignment to catechumen the acceptable brownish argent in a photo book to a sulfide-based compound. This admixture can be activated in capricious degrees of acuteness depending on how “warm” the columnist capital the photo to be. There are a few altered compounds that can actualize this effect, but they all accept a sulfide as their basis. In accession to the blush shift, these sulfide compounds act as an airy absorber and advice anticipate ecology pollutants from damaging the photos.
In accession to the abounding cards on exhibit, there are endless of cards organized by Texas cities which are abundant to see. Shortly we will accept added endless organized by accompaniment and nation. Abounding accept letters accounting on the aback that acquaint about the activities of the being sending the agenda that are fun to read.
Come by and see them soon!
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