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Postcard: Atlantic City, 1946

Not only is this card postmarked from 1946, it also reads "June 22" - something I hadn't noticed until last night after I had already decided that this would be the postcard of the week. Amazing, eh? This is the classic multi-scene-within-the-letters postcard style that originated in the early part of the 20th century, and I must say it's a beauty! Why did they ever phase this out in favor of glossy photo cards? I prefer this so much more - it's dramatic, colorful, exciting, and gives you a little bit of everything, as well as a lesson on fonts and illustration.

Yes, everyone loves a "Greetings from..." postcard. They're right up there with the "Wish you were here" greetings and the many locales that term themselves "America's playground". But none of those postcard styles show this level of artistry.

I've never been to Atlantic City, but it sounds like it's the kind of place I would have loved back in its prime. A perfect slice of old-timey Americana...what else would it be with a postcard like this?

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