A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. The study and collecting of postcards is termed deltiology.
In 1894, British publishers were given permission by the Royal Mail to manufacture and distribute picture postcards, which could be sent through the post.
The first UK postcards were produced by printing firm Stewarts of Edinburgh and early postcards were pictures of famous landmarks, scenic views, photographs or drawings of celebrities and so on.
With steam locomotives providing fast and affordable travel, the seaside became a popular tourist destination, and generated its own souvenir-industry: the picture postcard was, and is, an essential staple of this industry. (more)
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Ray-Ban advertisement, 1950’s (via hollyhocksandtulips)
Sunglasses have long been associated with celebrities and film actors primarily from a desire to mask their identity. Since the 1940s sunglasses have been popular as a fashion accessory, especially on the beach. In the early 20th century they were also known as sun cheaters (cheaters being an American slang term for glasses).
James Ayscough began experimenting with tinted lenses in spectacles in the mid-18th century, around 1752. Yellow/amber and brown-tinted spectacles were commonly-prescribed for people with syphilis in the 19th and early 20th centuries because sensitivity to light was one of the symptoms of the disease.
Inexpensive mass-produced sunglasses were introduced to America by Sam Foster in 1929. Foster found a ready market on the beaches of Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he began selling sunglasses under the name Foster Grant.
In the early 19th century the town began to develop into a fashionable seaside resort, initially frequented by members of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars while the Royal Navy anchored in the bay and later by the crème de la crème of Victorian society as the town’s fame spread. Renowned for its healthful climate, the town earned the nickname of the English Riviera.Torquay was the home of the writer Agatha Christie, who lived most of her life there. The town contains an “Agatha Christie Mile”, a tour with plaques, dedicated to her life and work. Torquay has numerous other tourist attractions, including Kents Cavern, Britain’s most important Stone Age site, which was home to early man for some 700,000 years. –much more on wikipedia
Vintage postcard – The Wildwoods began developing as a resort in the last decade of the 19th century.
Wildwood is home to over 200 motels, built during the Doo-Wop era of the 1950s and 1960s, in an area recognized by the state of New Jersey, known as the Wildwoods Shore Resort Historic District. The term “doo-wop” was adopted by Cape May’s Mid-Atlantic Center For The Arts in the early 1990s to describe the unique, space-age architectural style, which is also referred to as the Googie or populuxe style. The motels are unique in appearance, with Vegas-like neon signs and fantastic architecture. more on wiki