Download American Holiday Postcards, 1905–1915: Imagery and Context by Daniel Gifford PDF

By Daniel Gifford

within the early twentieth century, postcards have been the most vital and well known expressions of vacation sentiment in American tradition. thousands of such postcards circulated between networks of group and kinfolk as a part of a bigger American postcard craze. despite the fact that, their makes use of and meanings have been faraway from universal.
This ebook argues that vacation postcards circulated essentially between rural and small city, Northern, white ladies with Anglo-Saxon and Germanic heritages. via research of a extensive variety of assets, Daniel Gifford recreates the background of postcards to account for those particular audiences, and reconsiders the postcard phenomenon as an image-based dialog between particular teams of american citizens. various narratives are therefore published: the debates generated via the rustic lifestyles flow; the empowering manifestations of the recent girl; the civic privileges of whiteness; and the position of rising technologies.
From Santa Claus to Easter bunnies, flag-waving turkeys to gun-toting cupids, vacation postcards first and foremost appear to be a laugh expressions of a halcyon earlier. but with wisdom of viewers and ancient conflicts, this publication demonstrates how the postcard photos exhibit deep divides on the peak of the revolutionary Era.

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