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.

Collections in this community

  • Alabama

    Postcards of medical buildings in Alabama.
  • Alaska

    Postcards of medical buildings in Alaska.
  • Arizona

    Postcards of medical buildings in Arizona.
  • Arkansas

    Postcards of medical buildings in Arkansas

Recent Submissions

  • Baptist State Hospital 

    Unknown author (Quapaw printing co., Little Rock, Ark.; Colourpicture Publication Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A., 1945-06-18)
    Postcard of the Baptist State Hospital located in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • St. Bernard's Hospital 

    Unknown author (Unknown)
    Postcard of St. Bernard's Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
  • Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center 

    Unknown author (Woodcock-Powell Colorama Card, Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Unknown)
    Postcard of the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. "Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center. (Formerly, Army & Navy Hospital). Operated by the Arkansas State Vocational Rehabilitation Service, ...
  • Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (Woodcock. MFG. Co., Hot Springs National Park, Ark.; Curteich-Chicago "C.T. Art-Colortone" Post Card, Unknown)
    Postcard of the Army and Navy Hospital located in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • New Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (Woodcock MFG. Co., Hot Springs National Park, Ark.; Curtheich-Chicago "C.T. Art-Colortone" Post Card, Unknown)
    Postcard of the Army and Navy Hospital located in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • New Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (Woodcock, MFG. Co., Hot Springs National Park, Ark.; Curteich-Chicago "C.T. Art-Colortone" Post Card, 1946-04-13)
    Postcard of the New Army and Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (Mrs. F. C. Boving; Hot Springs National Park, Ark.; Metrocraft Everett, Mass., Unknown)
    Postcard of the Army and Navy Hospital located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. "The Hot Springs at Hot Springs National Park, Ark., are owned and controlled by the U.S. Government and endorsed to its people. Physicians, Bath ...
  • Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (Mrs. F.C. Boving; Hot Springs National Park, Ark., 1942-04-14)
    Postcard of the Army and Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. "The Hot Springs at Hot Springs National Park, Ark., are owned and controlled by the U.S. Government and endorsed to its people. Physicians, Bath Houses and ...
  • New Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (Tichnor Bros., Inc., Boston, Mass., Unknown)
    Postcard of the New Army and Navy General Hospital located in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • U.S. Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (C.J. Spencer, Wholesale, Hot Springs, Ark., Unknown)
    Postcard of the U.S. Army and Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Ark.
  • U.S. Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (The Quapaw Printing Co. Little Rock, Ark.; A "Colourpicture" Publication, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A., Unknown)
    Postcard of the U.S. Army and Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • New Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (Woodcock MFG. Co., Hot Springs National Park, Ark.; Curteich & Co., Inc., Chicago, Unknown)
    Postcard of the New Army and Navy Hospital located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. "The Hot Springs at Hot Springs National Park, Ark., are owned and controlled by the U.S. Government and endorsed to its people. All Physicians, ...
  • U.S. Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (F.C. Boving, Hot Springs, Ark.; C.T. Photochrom, Unknown)
    Postcard of the U.S. Army and Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • Army and Navy Hospital and New Annex 

    Unknown author (Woodcock MFG. Co., Hot Springs National Park, Ark.; Cureich-Chicago "C.T. Art-Colortone Post Card, Unknown)
    Postcard of the Army and Navy Hospital and New Annex located in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • Army and Navy General Hospital 

    Unknown author (W.E. Shannahan, Printer, Publisher, Hot Springs, Ark., Unknown-02)
    Postcard of the Army and Navy General Hospital located in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • U.S. Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (Unknown, 1911-02-28)
    Postcard of the U.S. Army and Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (Unknown, 1909-05-24)
    Postcard of the Army and Navy Hospital located in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (Unknown, 1917-03-09)
    Postcard of the Navy and Army Hospital located in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • The Army and Navy Hospital 

    Unknown author (The Rochester News Company, Rochester, N.Y. Leipar Dresden., Unknown)
    Postcard of the Army and Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • Superior Bath House 

    Unknown author (Connelly Press, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Unknown)
    Postcard of the Superior Bath House in Hot Springs, Arkansas. "Superior Service, Administered under the regulations of the National Park Service of the Department of Interior. We invite your inspection. Your inquiry will ...

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