The African-American real photo postcards are a collection of approximately 1018 real photo postcards portraying African-Americans, dating from circa 1905 to circa 1946. “Real photo" postcards are actual photographs which were typically printed in tiny editions, from one to perhaps twenty copies; regular postcards are mass produced. In the present collection a few have been mailed as postcards, with ink text and postage on the reverse. Some have informal written notes of identification or greetings to relatives and friends. Most are blank.

The collection is organized by the following subjects. Clink the links below to browse postcards associated with each subject.

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