Picturing Illinois : twentieth-century postcard art from by John A. Jakle PDF

By John A. Jakle

ISBN-10: 0252036824

ISBN-13: 9780252036828

ISBN-10: 0252093941

ISBN-13: 9780252093944

The American photograph postcard debuted round the begin of the 20th century, developing an enthusiasm for sending and amassing postcard paintings that endured for many years. As a kind of pop culture, scenic postcards strongly prompted how american citizens conceptualized either remote and close by locations via portrayals of landscapes, constructions, and historical websites. during this gloriously illustrated historical past of the image postcard in Illinois, John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle learn a wealthy and various set of pictures that chronicle what Illinoisans thought of beautiful, exciting, and remarkable. in addition they speak about how messages written on postcards display the sender's own interpretation of neighborhood geography and scenery.
The such a lot popularly depicted vacation spot used to be Chicago, America's nice boomtown.Its pics are particularly different, displaying off its high-rise structure, its teeming avenues, and the power of its marketplaces or even slaughterhouses. Postcards that includes downstate locales, even though, elaborated and strengthened stereotypes that divided the nation, portraying the remainder of Illinois because the counterpoint to Chicago's city bustle. rankings of playing cards from Springfield, Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Urbana-Champaign, Quincy, and Vandalia emphasize wide-open prairies, modest civic edifices, and folksy attraction. The experience of dichotomy among Chicago and the remainder of Illinois used to be, after all, a considerable fallacy, because the city's very prosperity depended upon the full state's fertile farmlands, traditional assets, and small industries.
Jakle and Sculle stick with this discussion among city Chicago and rural downstate because it is illustrated on 2 hundred classic postcards, staring at either their universal conventions and their type. additionally they speak about the advances in printing expertise within the early 1900s that made mass charm attainable. offering wealthy old and geographical context, Picturing Illinois: Twentieth-Century Postcard paintings from Chicago to Cairo illustrates the image postcard's value in American pop culture and the original ways that Illinoisans pictured their world.

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Frequently photographed also were houses, their front porches, their yards, and the residential streets along which they were located, both in towns and in cities. There were numerous snapshots of farm Introduction [ 19 Figure 11. A football weekend at the University of Chicago, ca. 1915. life made by farm people. Amateur cards added to the flood of commercial postcard art entering the mails. They contributed substantially to the postcard iconography by which Chicago and Illinois beyond the metropolis came to be visualized.

Postal Service, were popularized beginning in the 1860s. Sent mainly by businesses as advertising, they could be bought and mailed only in bulk. Postcards, so called to distinguish them from postal cards, were legalized only in 1893. They could be bought and mailed individually by individuals. European nations were faster off the mark, giving postcard publishers, especially in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, an important head start. Through the 1930s, the highestquality view cards available in the United States were invariably printed in Europe.

The Pure Oil Building, ca. 1930. Figure 35a. Michigan Avenue at Wacker Drive, 1933. North Michigan Avenue Building to the left. Visitor Henry Justin Smith described the distinctive silhouette that Chicago’s new skyline presented: “There is no other urban sky-line quite like it in the world. Its perspective to north or south is longer than a stranger anticipates. Its upper lines are as jagged as a bolt of lightning. ” The nearby Michigan Avenue Bridge was a massive double-decked, double-leafed bascule structure that “rose into the air like an alligator’s jaws when ships whistled,” in the words of Lloyd Lewis.

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