In postcard collecting one purchases entire collections and auction lots that sometimes contain hundreds of cards.
In postcard collecting one purchases entire collections and auction lots that sometimes contain hundreds of cards. Consequently, collectors obtain cards on a variety of subjects. Among those in my collection are a couple of dozen depicting blacks. These are increasingly rare because they are highly sought by black collectors.
In this ‘Cards-N-Time’ series I am using those cards to illustrate their use and role in history. These cards were not generated by blacks but by whites who presented blacks in accordance with norms of their dominant white culture at the time [1896-1920.]
Here I present cards showing some of the activities involved in the cotton industry mostly in the Sunny South but extending to an irrigated farm in California and a thread mill in Rhode Island. Numbering follows their order the production cycle.