Greetings From Midtown: Historic Postcard Vignettes

December 22, 2013 - June 15, 2014

Galleria Cases

  • Country Club
    ca. 1915
    Museum purchase made possible by the Evelyn S. and H. Wayne Patterson Fund

  • Wynnton School
    ca. 1950
    Museum purchase made possible by the Evelyn S. and H. Wayne Patterson Fund

  • Wildwood Park
    ca. 1911
    Gift of Mr. Kenneth F. Murrah

  • Envelope Addressed to Florence Slade at St. Elmo
    Gift of Bill and Jackie Johnston

  • Glass Decanter
    Wedding present of Effie May Slade Dozier, born at St. Elmo in 1880 and married there in 1905.
    Gift of Bill and Jackie Johnston

Historic postcards present miniature idealized portraits of life in a community. Particularly in the early decades of the 20th century, they were most often purchased not by tourists, but by local residents “showing off” their town while writing to a friend or family member. Lovely and intriguing to view, the images in the exhibition also provide a window into architectural styles, leisure activities, dress, prominent residents and businesses, and the landscape of a fashionable Columbus suburb.

This exhibition celebrates the distinctive houses, schools, businesses, and public landmarks that comprise Midtown. In addition to historic postcards, the exhibition features furniture, household items, clothing, games, and other pieces that tell the story of each particular location. Capping off our 60th anniversary year, the Museum is proud to celebrate its neighborhood with this showcase.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous funding from Mr. and Mrs. Jerry B. Newman

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