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ReAl PhOtO PoStCaRdS Unbelievable Images from the collection of

Harvey Tulcensky Edited by Laetitia wolff

e s s ay b y t o d d a l d e n

princeton architectural press new york


To Marjorie Ward w h o s e h o me I n o w l i v e i n

Published by

Special thanks to: Nettie Aljian, Dorothy Ball,

Princeton Architectural Press

Nicola Bednarek, Janet Behning, Megan Carey,

37 East Seventh Street

Penny (Yuen Pik) Chu, Russell Fernandez, Jan Haux,

New York, New York 10003

Clare Jacobson, John King, Mark Lamster,

For a free catalog of books, call 1.800.722.6657. Visit our web site at www.papress.com. © 2005 Harvey Tulcensky and Laetitia Wolff “And We Lived Where Dusk Had Meaning” © 2005 Todd Alden All rights reserved Printed and bound in China 09 08 07 06 05 5 4 3 2 1 First edition

Nancy Eklund Later, Katharine Myers, Lauren Nelson, Jane Sheinman, Scott Tennent, Joseph Weston, and Deb Wood of Princeton Architectural Press —Kevin C. Lippert, publisher Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Real photo postcards : unbelievable images from the collection of Harvey Tulcensky / edited by Laetitia Wolff ; essay by Todd Alden.—1st ed. p. cm. “Postmarked : Real Photo Postcards 1907-1927 from the

No part of this book may be used or reproduced in

collection of Harvey Tulcensky at K.S. Art, in New York,

any manner without written permission from the

2004”—P. 204.

publisher, except in the context of reviews.

Includes interview with artist.

Every reasonable attempt has been made to identify owners of copyright. Errors or omissions will be corrected in subsequent editions. [Frontispiece] Collector’s note: A Del Norte Redwood

ISBN 1-56898-556-8 (alk. paper) 1. United States—Social life and customs—20th century—Pictorial works. 2. Americana—Pictorial works. 3. Postcards—United States. 4. Tulcensky, Harvey— Photograph collections. I. Tulcensky, Harvey. II. Wolff, Laetitia. III. Alden, Todd. IV. K.S. Art (Gallery). E169.R277 2005

Editing: Jennifer Thompson

973.91’022’2—dc22

Design: Paul G. Wagner

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A n d We L i v e d W h e r e D u s k H a d M e a n i n g b y T o d d Al d e n

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Parading

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At work

41

romance

55

night & day

69

portraits

83

Motion & machines

101

geometries

113

catch & kill

125

harvest

137

Uncanny

151

main street

163

amusements

177

disasters

189

home sweet home

204

Interview with Harvey Tulcensky b y L A E TITIA WO L FF

208

A c k n o w le d g me n t s


Parading


collector’ s n ot e :

Notice double exposure

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co l l e c to r ’ s n ot e :

Aerial view of human sculpture in the shape of a centurion of the “Word of God”

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AD

AMS

AUG l7 I2

M

M A S S.

h a n dw r i t t e n :

Dear Friends:— Hope you are well and it seems a long time since we saw you, so we might make a call some Sunday for a little while. Your Friend, C. L. Krause

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sta m p e d : L. Barbaud Photographe ARBOIS (Jura) t r a n s l at i o n o f t e xt o n ca rt :

The old wine press of our fathers turned into a fiscal press. The vintners of Poligny co l l e c to r ’ s n ot e :

A taxation protest

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sta m p e d : LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKA * K. AIPEDA * K. BUDGINO PREKYBOS FIRMA 路 BORUSSIA 路 D

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O t y p ew r i t t e n :

AINi

JUL 22 PM 191 1

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Cathlamet, Wash. 7/21/11. Dear Friends. Did not have time to come up to see you on the fourth. Was up to Tacoma for three days to see the folks. This card is a picture of the stadium in Tacoma, it will seat seventy five thousand people. Regards to all the folks. Algeo.

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At Work


overleaf Béziers, Hérault (France) August 21, 1904

above

collector’ s n ot e :

co l le c to r ’ s n ot e :

Notice postcards in shop window

Butchers, Paris

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E WA Y

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SEP 20 I PM I9I4

M O.

h a n dw r i t t e n :

Here is your illustrious cousin in his native lair. I did not know I owed you a letter, but will write anyway tonight. Can you imagine me working. Note my pet bird. George.

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p o st m a r k e d :

Orlean, NY Oct 9, 1911

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K L A ND

JUN I6 I PM

MAINE handwritte n :

Dear Boy. This is your father up on the ladder. How are you. We had a big fire here last night. Have not heard from Portland or Alice yet. With love, Papa

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