Museum Postcards: A Brief History
"This post outlines the development of museum postcards as a way for museums to spread knowledge of their collections, but also the nascent commercialism their sale helped inaugurate. Having changed little terms of form or content in the 100+ years since they were first introduced museum postcards are a particularly interesting subject of enquiry; a museum-goer in 1900 would have no problem recognising and using postcards sold in the British Museum today. While this post can only provide a brief overview, museum postcards provide us with a relatively static cultural form with which we can trace attitudes across time. As such there is great scope to consider various cultural and economic facets of museum development through these objects."
Larkin, J. 2017. Museum Postcards: A Brief History. History of Archaeology blog. Available at: https://historyofarchaeologyioa.weebly.com/notes/museum-postcards-a-brief-history
This blog post was originally published on the History of Archaeology blog in July 2017.