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

By Daniel Gifford

within the early twentieth century, postcards have been the most vital and renowned expressions of vacation sentiment in American tradition. thousands of such postcards circulated between networks of neighborhood and relatives as a part of a bigger American postcard craze. although, their makes use of and meanings have been faraway from universal.
This ebook argues that vacation postcards circulated basically between rural and small city, Northern, white girls with Anglo-Saxon and Germanic heritages. via research of a vast diversity of resources, Daniel Gifford recreates the heritage of postcards to account for those particular audiences, and reconsiders the postcard phenomenon as an image-based dialog between unique teams of american citizens. a number of narratives are therefore printed: the debates generated by way of the rustic existence circulate; the empowering manifestations of the hot lady; the civic privileges of whiteness; and the function of rising technologies.
From Santa Claus to Easter bunnies, flag-waving turkeys to gun-toting cupids, vacation postcards before everything appear to be fun expressions of a halcyon prior. but with wisdom of viewers and ancient conflicts, this ebook demonstrates how the postcard photos display deep divides on the top of the revolutionary Era.

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