Welcome to Akron Postcards

Akron Postcards and more

I, for one, am glad the world went without cell phones, text messaging and email for so long. Without these advances people had to slow down once in a while to share their thoughts. In the early 20th century, messages traveled on the backs of pictures at the speed of mail.

To send a postcard you took time from your day, picked out the perfect card, wrote a message, licked a stamp, took the card to a post office, and all the while thought of the recipient.  When the cards arrived, loved ones would save and share the message.  Many of these correspondences were hung in the homes of their recipients or placed with important documents.

Of corse, today, we can send a message in seconds and even include pictures, but most of these are deleted only moments after they arrive. Postcards on the other hand were/are perfect keepsakes.  Even today, decades after reaching their destinations, postcards have a special significants.  They give us a glimpse into the lives of their senders.  The rich artwork and warm messages help us see the world as it was when people wrote in cursive and life moved a little slower.

The Akron Digital Collection is focused on sharing documents from the Akron area’s rich history. Our collection includes vintage Akron postcards, regional postcards, documents, photographs, and more.