36 - Deltiology with Donna Braden


Why were postcards invented and why do they still exist? Why do we lie to people and say our lives are better than they are? Alie stopped into the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and talked to curator of 40 years, Donna Braden, about her work with the postcard collections -- as well as her musings about how emotions impact memory, why Americans love to hit the open road and what the biggest postcard you're allowed to mail is. Listen while riding off into the sunset or sipping tea on a porch and then send someone you love a giant postcard because you can.

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The Henry Ford Museum Postcard Archive

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Some links which you may find helpful:

Postcard history 101

Oldest postcard in the world

Eugene Gomberg from Latvia bought a $40K postcard

Gentleman Posed with a Chair, 1910

Koronado Kortyard postcard

Oooh, you can buy it for $10 on eBay

What is standing where the Koronado Kourtyard used to be?

National Lampoons title sequence

How big can a mailed postcard be?

Victorian-era Christmas postcards

It’s pronounced jiff. I’m sorry. 

Alie Ward