In the mail

Every location looks better in block letters and primary colours.

Large letter postcards were common in the early 1900s. One of the most prevalant companies, Curt Teich & Company, made over 1,000 different large letter cards between 1900 and 1959. Customers or photographers would submit photos, which were then retouched extensively. The retouched photos were then returned to customers with a tissue overlay and a chart of up to 75 custom colours that Teich employees felt were suited to the scene. Each of these colours was numbered, and the customer would write the appropriate number on the tissue to best match the real colour of the scene. This is why these scenes are so vivid and somewhat unrealistic.

This week’s Frandoms are by Haley Fiege at Grip Limited.