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Springfield-Greene County Library District
Historical Postcards of Springfield, Missouri

Introduction

Postcards have been a popular, inexpensive way to record visits, remember travels and keep in touch since 1893 when the Postal service changed regulations to allow images on one side of what had been known as a postal card. Most areas of the United States have been recorded on postcards, and many of these postcards have survived to become an important visual record of sites that were deemed significant enough to sell or distribute for promotional purposes.


Most of the postcards presented here are of buildings considered important to education, government, commerce or religion; there are also cards illustrating parks, streets and residences. The narrative for each image seeks to explore the significance of the view represented, to describe them, and to place them in an historical and community context.

The Collection

The Springfield-Greene County Library has maintained a collection of postcards as an important source of images of a retrospective of Springfield and the surrounding area. This collection includes 113 postcards displaying a variety of themes and periods in Springfield, Missouri.

Rights and Reproductions

The text and images contained in this collection are intended for research and educational use only. Duplication of any of these images for commercial use without express written consent is expressly prohibited. Please contact the copyright holder.


To order a reproduction from the archival TIFF file, inquire about permissions, or for information about prices, contact Local History and Genealogy Department at Springfield-Greene County Library District at (417)616-0534 or send a request online.


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