U.S., Historical Postcards  

This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) contains over 115,000 historical postcards depicting scenes in all U.S. states. Each postcard caption has been indexed and is searchable by keyword or location. The item record also includes the city, county, state, and postcard era (estimated year range) for most postcards.

This record collection is especially useful for obtaining a photograph or illustration of a specific place in a particular time period. If you do not have pictures of places where your ancestors lived, historical postcards can serve as a reasonable alternative to family photos.

To locate this record collection:


You may need to try searching several different ways to find items of interest. For example, consider this search and its result:

ANY EVENT Saint Louis, Missouri, USA (Exact)   1 hit

Yes, that’s right—one hit! Search this way, however:

KEYWORD “St. Louis, Missouri” (Exact)   719 hits

Yes, that’s right—719 hits! Quite a difference, don’t you agree?

It’s easy to search for particular types of buildings/institutions:

KEYWORD “St. Louis, Missouri” (Exact)
CAPTION hotel (Exact)   100 hits

KEYWORD “St. Louis, Missouri” (Exact)
CAPTION building (Exact)   75 hits

KEYWORD “St. Louis, Missouri” (Exact)
CAPTION park (Exact)   60 hits

KEYWORD “St. Louis, Missouri” (Exact)
CAPTION hospital (Exact)   51 hits

Searches for communities smaller in size than St. Louis also produced results:

KEYWORD “Springfield, Illinois” (Exact)   129 hits
KEYWORD “Belleville, Illinois” (Exact)   72 hits
KEYWORD “East St. Louis, Illinois” (Exact)   57 hits
KEYWORD “Edwardsville, Illinois” (Exact)   10 hits

You can also do KEYWORD or CAPTION searches that don’t specify a location:

KEYWORD stadium (Exact)   146 hits

CAPTION zoo (Exact)   59 hits

CAPTION battlefield (Exact)   34 hits

Note: Images from this record collection may be subject to copyright restrictions.

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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