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Florida Real Estate: The Evolution of Public Spaces

Before the public had widespread access to cameras and photographs, postcards served as a primary means of documenting places. This exhibit explores various public spaces throughout Florida and how society has both altered and preserved them since their postcard representations from decades past. Using modern technology, we are able to instantly map and document an area's appearance, though these locations were mysterious frontiers to previous generations using postcards as communication.

Sexuality

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This exhibit will explore the various ways in which sexuality is depicted in  postcards.  From the humorous to the lovely, from the blatant to the subtle, and from the cartoon to the photograph, this exhibit will explore cards that feature a topic which has been considered everything from beautiful to controversial: the topic of sexuality.

Salt Life

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Postcards are defined by their subjects; in turn, however, they have the ability to affect the connotations of their subjects. When a certain image is repeated, it creates a mythology about a place, often very different from the reality. In this exhibit we will examine postcards regarding the ocean and a beach lifestyle; we will explore the romanticism of postcard subjects and the myths they create.

NASA

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This exhibit features various photographs depicting NASA buildings, monuments, and spacecraft.  These images shed light on the nature of NASA’s experiments and projects and serve as a visual chronology. NASA continues to be the American forerunner in astronomical exploration, technological advancements, and discoveries.  

Postcard Humor

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Postcards have been circulating the United States for over a century.  They have served various purposes, including sharing a laugh. In this exhibit, we explore the different types of humor employed to spread a good joke. 

 

 

Finding Love in a Letter

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Over time, postcards have become iconic representations of certain places, eras, and events. Their romantic qualities have adapted accordingly. This collection of postcards demonstrates how romance has traveled between loved ones in four distinct ways.

The "American Dream"

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The term “American Dream” was coined by successful businessman and historian James Truslow Adams in “The Epic of America," published in 1933.  Addressing “the historic development and philosophic vision of America,”  he wrote:

"That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”

Though this ideal wasn’t given a name until 1933, it was inherently realized in the hearts of every American, starting with the first settlers who laid the the foundations of our nation. Follow the “American Dream” through a brief segment of postcard history (the early to mid 20th century) and the events that gave shape and new meaning to it along the way.

Florida Getaways

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Florida is one of America’s most beautiful vacation destination. From Vero Beach to Key West, this collection of postcards shows the multitude of Florida’s getaways.

Romanticism Around the Turn of the Century

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In this sense, we speak of Romanticism as the overarching term to describe the public perceptions of Romance, Relationships, and Public Affection, which are all very different now than they were in the early 1900s. The social concept of Love is one that also markedly changed as the 20th century progressed. Between the years 1900 and 1925, to put these ideas into perspective, saw the cure of syphilis, the coining of birth control, and also the outlaw of oral sex. In the selected postcards, we strive to showcase the context in which these postcards existed.