Monday, May 21, 2012

Holland Museum Postcard Exhibition

Postcards at an Exhibition

Love postcards, love to send em, love to receive em and love to buy em in foreign countries and on holiday.
 
Through August 5 in the Focus Gallery, The Holland Museum is exhibiting Wish You Were Here: Selections from the Mike Van Ark Postcard Collection. American postcards were created as an easier way to send quick notes and were printed only by the U.S. Postal Service until May 1898. The first postcards were called "private mailing cards" and cost one penny to send. The first souvenir postcard was created in 1893 to advertise the World's Fair in Chicago. Van Ark began collecting in the 1970s, by adding to his mother's collection. After attending shows in Michigan and Chicago, his collection soon reached 5,000 cards. For more info, call 888-200-9123 or visit the Holland Museum.

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