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Romance

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This exhibit explores the romantic postcards included in the FSU Card Archive. Loved ones were frequently separated for long periods of time early in the 20th century (most notably around World War I), and this came during a time when postcards were booming. There are all sorts of romantic postcards, so we've broken down ours into three different categories: daydreaming, sharing a special moment, and humorous cards.

Flowers

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Postcards can represent many different things. For this project, we will examine four different postcards that all contain a common theme: images of flowers. Each postcard carries a different story. Some are simple images of nature, with bright and beautiful coloring, and others add human life into the mix. These people add depth to the story each card creates. Some cards feature families, some friends, and others involve young children who are simply exploring their surroundings. This exhibit aims to find the story behind each car by looking at the relationship between these people, their surroundings, and how the common theme of flowers is seen throughout the different images.

Native American Depictions and the Question of Authenticity

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For the most part, the stereocards and picture postcards of the 1900s were meant to provide viewers with a sense of authenticity. Photography couldn’t be easily manipulated at this point in time, and this resulted in the public’s prompt acceptance of any photograph as truth. Many people purchased postcards under the notion that they were viewing true-to-life depictions of peoples and places from faraway lands.

The Comic Series

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This exhibit features stereocards from the "Comic Series." These stereocards range from 1880-1900. The cards featured in this exhibit were all created by T.W. Ingersoll.

Posting The Southern Thang: Representations of The South

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Duck Dynasty. Honey Boo-Boo. Paula Deen. Larry the Cable Guy. This list is just a small sampling of the current Who’s Who of the South. Once the butt of Jeff Foxworthy’s jokes, rednecks and redneck culture have seen a resurgence in recent history. This Redneck Renaissance, if you will, has re-framed the south as world-class purveyors of comfort food and enterprising duck call manufacturers. But not so long ago, people of the South were portrayed as dim-witted inbreeding trailer park residents, a negative portrayal that has a much richer history than the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. This exhibit attempts to show some of these representations, confronting the negativity and celebrating the culture of the South.

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Seasons

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A journey through the four seasons, the colors that we experience, and the emotions they shine onto us.  We will put together the great perspective and comparisons of the four periods that rule our year.

Depictions of Youth

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Postcards are an excellent method of promoting and expressing certain ideals surrounding youth, particularly babies and infants.  This exhibit will focus on those depictions.  Starting with their birth, children are seen as innocent and good as evidenced by early birth announcements. Portraiture of individual infants were a popular subject for postcards, attempting to show the child at their best (and cutest).  Postcards also reflect how adults (especially parents and other caregivers) interact with the babies in their lives, as well as how children interact with each other. Postcards provide both ideal images of children and their relationships as well as realistic portrayals of them.

Humor

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This exhibit is a compilation of postcards that are all humorous in different ways. These postcards show a variation of humor in different time periods and subjects. 

Cultural Beauty

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Analyzing a range of cultural beauty as seen in American postcards.