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Shortly after the turn of the 20th century an accumulation of factors led to a worldwide explosion in the popularity of postcards.

The middle class had grown much larger in size, and the excess money it had to spend on nonessential goods was enough to support a large industry.

As postcard sales shot up into the hundreds of millions, certain trends among their consumers became apparent.

Of those that were mailed a good portion were sent from one collector to another, not as correspondence but as an equal exchange.

Some have speculated that perhaps up to 50 percent of all postcards produced were collected.In the 1890’s no more than 30 percent of all advertising contained illustrations, and most newspapers were not illustrated.This absence of imagery did not derive from a lack of appetite as much as the inability to print illustrations cheaply.Photographers representing printers would cross the country capturing views of many different places, both obscure and well known.They then made deals with proprietors to sell these local view cards through their local stores.

Some have speculated that perhaps up to 50 percent of all postcards produced were collected.

In the 1890’s no more than 30 percent of all advertising contained illustrations, and most newspapers were not illustrated.

This absence of imagery did not derive from a lack of appetite as much as the inability to print illustrations cheaply.

Photographers representing printers would cross the country capturing views of many different places, both obscure and well known.

They then made deals with proprietors to sell these local view cards through their local stores.

Many small pharmacies, stationers, and five & dimes suddenly became postcard publishers.