POSTCARDS FROM A DISTANT PAST

 

By Sarah Casewit

Over the past few years and throughout our travels, we’ve collected vintage postcards from around the world. To deltiologists - or postcard collectors, these unique pieces have something magical about them - they offer a captivating window to what travel was like many decades ago, pre-Instagram. The postcards take you to a moment in time where our world was less global and cultures more vibrant and defined. In addition to the appeal of looking at a vintage photo, the writing on these century-old cards inspires us, describing what people saw and did on their travels so long ago.  

Here is a selection that will take you on a beautiful trip down the memory lane.

 Teachers with their students at Medrasa Ben Youssef, Marrakesh,  Morocco . 1910s by Felix. This 14th university is the largest in Morocco and is a famous historical attraction in Marrakesh. 

Teachers with their students at Medrasa Ben Youssef, Marrakesh, Morocco. 1910s by Felix. This 14th university is the largest in Morocco and is a famous historical attraction in Marrakesh. 

 Four ladies riding to Wartburg, Bavaria, Germany. By Eisenach. 1911. 

Four ladies riding to Wartburg, Bavaria, Germany. By Eisenach. 1911. 

    A Bedouin Girl in Palestine. No date. Anonymous. 

   A Bedouin Girl in Palestine. No date. Anonymous. 

     Hotel Continental, Paris. No date. Papelerie Universelle, Lyon et Paris.

    Hotel Continental, Paris. No date. Papelerie Universelle, Lyon et Paris.

    From a traveler in  Morocco , writing to his brother in 1979 about his desert journey.

   From a traveler in Morocco, writing to his brother in 1979 about his desert journey.

 A pilgrim greeting the tomb of Moulay Idriss II, founder of Fez,  Morocco , in 1930. Anonymous. 

A pilgrim greeting the tomb of Moulay Idriss II, founder of Fez, Morocco, in 1930. Anonymous. 

 A group of musicians. 1920. By Flendrins. 

A group of musicians. 1920. By Flendrins. 

 A postcard from Istanbul in the early 1900, when it used to be called Constantinople. Anonymous.

A postcard from Istanbul in the early 1900, when it used to be called Constantinople. Anonymous.


A Special Selection: Bunny's Travel Correspondence in 1910

 

Here are some of our most prized postcards in our collection, written from an American traveler, Bunny, to her friend Mrs. Smith, on her world tour. We love Bunny's sense of humor and adventure!

 
 April 11, 1910. Singapore, Chinese Temple.

April 11, 1910. Singapore, Chinese Temple.

 "Oh Bonny: I wish you were along to see all the sights and funny things we are seeing. - Bunny"

"Oh Bonny: I wish you were along to see all the sights and funny things we are seeing. - Bunny"

 May 27, 1910. The Hague, Holland. 

May 27, 1910. The Hague, Holland. 

 "This is one of the prettiest cities I've ever seen. Trees everywhere, even on some of the business streets. - Bunny"

"This is one of the prettiest cities I've ever seen. Trees everywhere, even on some of the business streets. - Bunny"

 June 4, 1910. Westminster Abbey, London. 

June 4, 1910. Westminster Abbey, London. 

 "I had rather be home than be president. - Bunny"

"I had rather be home than be president. - Bunny"

 

Are you a postcard collector? Share your favorite vintage postcards with us at info@nayatraveler.com.