By John A. Jakle

The American photo postcard debuted round the begin of the 20th century, growing an enthusiasm for sending and accumulating postcard artwork that persisted for many years. As a kind of pop culture, scenic postcards strongly motivated how american citizens conceptualized either far flung and close by locations via portrayals of landscapes, structures, and historical websites. during this gloriously illustrated heritage of the image postcard in Illinois, John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle research a wealthy and various set of pictures that chronicle what Illinoisans thought of appealing, exciting, and noteworthy. in addition they talk about how messages written on postcards demonstrate the sender's own interpretation of neighborhood geography and scenery.
 
The such a lot popularly depicted vacation spot used to be Chicago, America's nice boomtown.Its pix are specifically various, displaying off its high-rise structure, its teeming avenues, and the energy of its marketplaces or even slaughterhouses. Postcards that includes downstate locales, besides the fact that, elaborated and bolstered stereotypes that divided the country, portraying the remainder of Illinois because the counterpoint to Chicago's city bustle. ratings of playing cards from Springfield, Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Urbana-Champaign, Quincy, and Vandalia emphasize wide-open prairies, modest civic edifices, and folksy appeal. The experience of dichotomy among Chicago and the remainder of Illinois was once, in fact, a considerable fallacy, because the city's very prosperity depended upon the complete state's fertile farmlands, ordinary assets, and small industries.
 
Jakle and Sculle stick to this discussion among city Chicago and rural downstate because it is illustrated on 200 classic postcards, staring at either their universal conventions and their kind. additionally they talk about the advances in printing know-how within the early 1900s that made mass allure attainable. supplying wealthy historic and geographical context, Picturing Illinois: Twentieth-Century Postcard paintings from Chicago to Cairo illustrates the image postcard's value in American pop culture and the original ways that Illinoisans pictured their world.

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