J. Russell Yoder postcard collection, approximately 1900-1982 and undated

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Yoder, J. Russell
19 Linear Feet
circa 24,500 Items
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Scope and content:

International collection of picture postcards (6500 items, ca. 1900-1982), almost all of which date from 1920 or earlier. Arranged by country and filed in 28 albums. Almost all European countries are represented, and there are many rare postcards from Russia. (96-0135) (7 lf)

The addition to this collection (18000 items, from ca. 1900-1950) also is international in scope, but focuses on the United States. The collection comprises fifty, three-ring binders that hold picture postcards in pocketed mylar sleeves. About two-thirds of the cards show scenes in the United States, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; state capitols; worlds fairs; and other tourist destinations. Thirteen of the fifty binders document Atlantic City, N.J., and are subdivided by the images shown, including boardwalks, beaches, and hotels. The rest of the collection comprises postcards from other countries, including Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America are also represented. A small group of postcards depicts costumes from around the world. (00-422) (12 lf)

Formerly cataloged as the International Postcard Collection.

Biographical / historical:

Mr. Yoder is a postcard collector and Duke University alumnus (class of 1938).

Acquisition information:
The J. Russell Yoder Postcard Collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library from J. Russell Yoder as a gift in 1996 and 2000.
Processing information:

Processed by Paula Jeannet and Ruth E. Bryan

Completed September 19, 1996 and December 1, 2000

Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan and Ann Langford

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[Identification of item], J. Russell Yoder Postcard Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.