Welcome to Dead Letter Office, the official blog of Paleogreetings!
I'm Ari, the owner and founder of Paleogreetings. I started Paleogreetings after I began collecting vintage postcards while living in the woods of New Hampshire with a lot of free time on my hands. As the years went by, I morphed from enthusiastic neophyte to connoisseur to aspiring entrepreneur ready to share these amazing artifacts with as wide an audience as possible.
Paleogreetings' mission is to seek out the most interesting and beautiful vintage postcards in the world and connect them with those who value the places, people, and times that they represent. Dead Letter Office showcases these amazing pieces and their relationship to all of the fun, sad, beautiful, and crazy things that have happened on this planet - aiming high!
So I'm guessing you didn't know that collecting postcards was a "thing." Well, it is - by some accounts, the third most popular collecting hobby in the world.
Postcards were an international obsession in the early 20th-century. In a single year (1908), the US Postal Service estimated that it delivered over 650 MILLION postcards. Keep in mind that the US population at this time was under 90 million....so in 1908 the average American sent about seven postcards a person (including babies)!
Postcards were an important feature of the cultural landscape throughout the 20th-century. They recorded broad and rich snapshots of life as it occurred during that momentous time of change. It follows that a blog about postcards is also a blog about people, art, history, architecture, technology, commerce, science, war, leisure, fashion....you get the drift.
In each post on Dead Letter Office, I'll be sharing a postcard or group of postcards united in a theme that teach us something new about the distant or sometimes recent past (or maybe they just look really cool).
Names and addresses of the sender and recipient will often be visible on the featured postcards. Our great hope is that someone will come along and find a lost piece of family history. So, as a matter of policy, if you believe that we have a family heirloom of yours, let us know. We are all about putting things in their right place. We'll either send you the original (if we still have it) or email a high-def scan. Simple.
We'll be posting on at least a weekly basis, so check back often and write us with any questions or comments on anything at any time. We hope you enjoy the images and messages to come. Thanks for finding us.