Changes in American Postcards

If identification of the specific location in each postcard can be challenging, the identification of the era of each postcard is easier thanks to the dated event for format change or technology breakthrough.

Here is a summary of milestones with respect to changes in American postcardsbased on the article “American in 3 by 5” by Thomas Hine in February issue of Magazine Antiques and the conservation with Lon Black yesterday. [Read More…]

The Vanishing Points — The Transformation of Grand Army Plaza Through Viewing Vintage Postcards

Perhaps there is no other place than New York that vintage postcards hold the wonderful collectible values. For a city which has been rebuilding itself so many times, postcards provide an extravagant visual experience of “Then and Now” in indefinite scale. Not only that one can find the great rendering of the vanished buildings such as Penn Station, the Wardorf-Astoria Hotel, the Vanderbilt mansions, but also some less known architecture or statues in other boroughs including Brooklyn and Queens. [Read more…]

MOMA @Atlantic/Pacific Subway Station

On the way to 2/3 line transfer yesterday, I stopped to look at one reproduction of Jackson Pollock’s works even though I was on a tight schedule of an appointment. New York subway stations are always a place of quintessential New York in that the natives waste a second to step out of it while the tourists get lost easily among the crowd. Having something to behold and breathe, at one of the most unexpected site of New York city, is a real gift to enjoy. [Read more…]

Pittsburgh in Sepia

Perhaps inspired by the tabletop stereocard viewer won at Dargate Auctions the day before, I had a few hours to explore Pittsburgh on foot and turned my camera setting to sepia. Pittsburgh has a good variety of architecture and includes buildings from notables including henry Hobson Richardson and Phillip Johnson. I recently saw a survey […]

Walters’ Barbizon Landscapes on Display at Frick (Pittsburgh)

The Frick Art & Historical Center will present The Road to Impressionism: Barbizon Landscapes from the Walters Art Museum. This exhibition of thirty-two paintings includes works by all of the major Barbizon figures, as well as examples by Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley, the Impressionist painters most deeply influenced by them. The exhibition opens to […]