About This Collection
Greetings from Memphis! Take a trip through our city’s history as told through postcards. This collection features hundreds of postcards showcasing city landmarks, streetscapes, and other Memphis gems. Once you decipher the handwriting, you might even uncover some pretty interesting stories!
Memphis, Tenn., I heard that you have been very sick and I do hope that you are better. I suppose that you are anxiously waiting for the time to start back to school if you will be able to go. I have been having such a fine time that I am sorry for the time to come. Have you seen Marguerite? I hope that I will hear from you soon. -- Ruth
Pavilion, Overton Park, Memphis, Tenn. Doesn’t this look natural and remind you of good times? EEC -- 7/27/07 -- Am glad you kept your promise. YMCA is where I sat alnight when I was afraid to go home in the dark. Hope you have a fine time. EEC
Unloading Cotton, Memphis, Tenn. Many thanks for the card I think it real -- pretty. I hope this will please you. Rowena Terrall
Crossitt Library (sic), Memphis, Tennessee -- Original Memphis Public Library, now used as a reference library, is located on the bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi.
Postcards provide a truly unique way to view our city. The images on postcards give us a clue as to what previous generations valued and appreciated most – and what they wanted to show off. Angie Price worked diligently to create this collection which features the front and back of almost 300 postcards from Memphis (and a few from places beyond). Some of the cards are blank, but others include handwritten stories of visitors’ experiences. In one such story from 1909, Mrs. Lizziet Cox writes of the fine time she had meeting “so many sweet good women” and wraps up her feelings about the city with, “I feel proud of our State.” Explore some of the different categories of postcards below!
The Postcards from Memphis Collection continues to evolve. Donations are accepted through the Memphis & Shelby County Room where the physical cards are maintained in our Bluff City Collection. If you would like to donate postcards or view the collection in person, please contact the History Department at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. The department can be reached at (901) 415-2742 or firstname.lastname@example.org.