A collection of approximately 1,000 post cards donated by Sue Maden, who collected post cards related to Jamestown for over 30 years. The attached spreadsheet lists all cards with the following information (as available): sequential card number, publisher, publisher's number, title from card, subject, photographer, other descriptive comments, and date.
Maden arranged the cards alphabetically by publisher (Alman's Photo Supply, Albertype etc) or if no publisher by (in decreasing order) publisher number, numbered real photo series, titles, subject. A checklist of over 800 cards was published on pages 121 to 132 in "Greetings from Jamestown, Rhode Island. Picture Post Card Views 1900-1950" by Sue Maden, West Ferry Press, 1988. This list included reference to cards that were not in the Maden collection but that had been confirmed in other collections. Maden's order and numbering has been retained in the attached spreadsheet; the missing post cards are shown in italics.
Duplicate cards were kept if they had a special features, such as a message; they are cross-referenced.
The subject of a post card, as it appears in the spreadsheet, is in multiple segments:
Each begins with identification of place: Jamestown, Newport, Saunderstown, or Narragansett Bay
This is followed by a general classification, where appropriate:
The final entry is the specific identification of the subject of the card:
Beaver Tail (ferryboat)
Brenton Reef Lightship
Castle Hill Light
Dutch Island Light
Gould Island Light
North End Light
Plum Beach Light
St. James Manor
West Side (ferryboat)
Whale Rock Light
Postcards can be dated from various postcard era characteristics:
1893-1897 Pioneer era (Souvenir Card or "Mail Card" from 1893 World's Columbian Exposition)
1898-1901 Private Mailing Card era
1901-1907 Post Card or Undivided Back era
1907-1914 Divided Back era
1915-1930 White Border era
1930-1944 Linen era
1945-present Chrome era
Over the years Post Cards have also been spelled as Postcards.
|Collection||Sue Maden PostCard Collection|
|Site||Jamestown Historical Society|