Postcard Collection

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The Postcard Collection is comprised of over 5,000 unused and postmarked cards depicting a variety of medical buildings: hospitals, medical schools, clinics, sanatoriums, asylums, health resorts, etc. All 50 states and nearly 1,100 cities are represented with dates ranging from 1904-1994. The collection documents the changing styles in hospital architecture and gives a peek into the lives of the correspondents as they briefly chronicle daily experiences or traumatic illnesses.

The collection is organized alphabetically by state or country.

Contributors to this collection include:

Samuel X. Radbill, MD (1901-1987): pediatrician and medical historian.

William H. Helfand (1926-2018): pharmacist and authority on the history of medical ephemera and quackery.

Morris M. Weiss, MD (1933- ): cardiologist and medical philatelist.