Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. vii

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiii

Some one hundred years ago, the lowly postcard prompted a true enthusiasm for popular visual art. Scenic postcards were mailed and collected annually quite literally by the hundreds of millions, thus coming...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-22

If Chicago was the great American success story, how could the city and its state possibly escape the focus of postcard representation? From a frontier trading post, Chicago had risen seemingly overnight to become...

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Part One Chicago and Its Suburbs: The Metropolis

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pp. 23-114

As the nation’s boom metropolis, Chicago was a major tourist attraction, and a major source of pride to its residents. “Greetings from Chicago” was a thought, if not an actual phrase used, resonating with all the...

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Part Two Illinois beyond the Metropolis

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pp. 115-184

The novelty card in figure 111 says: “Greetings from Illinois.” “Illinois” was a French adaptation of a term the Kaskaskia used in identifying themselves as “men.” The Illinois Indians, once part of the Miami...

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Epilogue

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pp. 185-190

Of what use was the picture postcard? What was the sending and receiving—and the collecting and saving—of postcards all about? How important were the images? A perusal of the short notes that one finds handwritten on vintage postcards is instructive. Reports...

Notes

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pp. 191-198

Credits

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pp. 199-202

Index

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pp. 209-212

About the Authors, Production Notes, Back Cover

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