In today's world of instant messaging, it can be difficult to imagine waiting days or weeks to deliver a quick note. Postcards were one of the original direct messages, an effective way to offer best wishes, confirm appointments, or deliver simple instructions, short of composing a long-form letter.
Step back in time with these historic postcards and the century-old correspondence they carry.
Postmarked December 1910
I am sorry to let you know that I am still living. My hardest work is carrying my books up and down the streets. If you feel like skating come up here, we have got more ice than we want. I hope you are all well and happy. My address 1112 Bruin St. From Wm. Schroeder
Postmarked August 5, 1924
I’m returning home today— leaving here this A.M. Haven’t I repented sufficiently? Hope so, anyway. Ring me anytime for I want to hear your voice. Once more, yours, “Ed.”
Postmarked November 13, 1911
The game is Sat. Nov. 18. I will expect you Thursday. I do not know what kind of a chance we have, for Pollack broke his leg last Saturday. Merritt
Postmarked September 2, 1925
Gee but it’s great to be out in the open. Yesterday I ate so many wild grapes that I was so sick. There also is a lot to do out here besides eating, swim in the morn and cop apples at nite. Away from the dirt and smoke, Joe
Hundreds of beautiful postcards from in and around Madison can be found in the Wisconsin State Journal's new book, "Moments in Time."