Friday, July 24, 2009

Drowning in Postcards

The Art is in the Cards

For the last few weeks I’ve been up to my eyeballs in postcards. Actually, it’s the art of the postcard that’s been keeping me busy. For someone whose favorite genre of postcards is “artist cards” it’s been like being in postcard heaven. Postcard Art Competition/Exhibition 2009 (PACE 2009) came to fruition last Friday.
See PACE 2007 A total of 132 artists from the United States, Canada, Japan and Hong Kong entered 440 pieces of original postcard sized art in the competition. Keith Sadler and Mike Williams of Chicago did a fantastic job judging the artwork and the result will be an eclectic and dynamic exhibition. I’ll have more details about the exhibition for you as the October opening approaches. If you are interested in becoming an art patron and owning one of these little gems, please contact me at for more information.

Remembering the Eastland

Today is the 94th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster and I would like to commemorate the tragedy by offering the above postcards for your perusal. This disaster took place on the Chicago River between LaSalle and Clark while the excursion boat Eastland was still tied to the dock. It was the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes, claiming 845 people and wiping out 22 entire families. There is a great Eastland Historical Society website where you can learn all the details of this very sad event in Chicago history.
Eastland Historical Society

Remembering the Eastland Disaster affords the perfect opportunity to point out once again the significance of postcards in documenting history, in particular disasters and tragedies. At the time of the Eastland Disaster, many newspaper stories were still illustrated with engravings. The golden age of photojournalism didn’t arrive until the late 1920s. Upon hearing of a disaster, the local postcard photographer would hurry to the site, set up his camera and start shooting. Thus the damage or destruction of this historical event would be preserved on postcards and sent through the mails to all parts of the country, or for that matter, across the globe. In many instances real photo postcards are the only visual documents of these local disasters that remain today.

Manhattan Fairy Tale
Digital Print ©Priscilla Otani
Postcard Art Competition/Exhibition 2005

The remaining six postcards documenting
The Eastland Disaster

1 comment:

  1. You have a wonderful blog - I love the postcards! So happy I stumbled upon it!


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