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The Picture Postcard

A new window into Edwardian Ireland


Ann Wilson

The Picture Postcard, a new window into Edwardian Ireland uses the material culture of the picture postcard as a lens through which to examine life on the island of Ireland during the Edwardian period (1902-10). Picture postcards became extremely popular worldwide at the start of the twentieth century, when literally hundreds of billions of them were produced and sold.

This book draws on postcard collections to access the everyday lives of people who rarely make it into conventional historical narratives, and to make connections in an Irish context between their «small histories» and broader, well-studied discourses such as identity, nationalism, empire, modernity, emigration, tourism and the roles of women.


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Chapter 1Edwardian Ireland and the picture postcard craze: Responses, debates and anxieties

Chapter 2Collections, collectors and collecting

Chapter 3Postcards: A medium of private and public communication

Chapter 4Irish identity: Empire, modernity and revival

Chapter 5Ireland and the wider world: Travel, emigration and tourism

Chapter 6A suitable hobby for young ladies: Postcards and women’s lives in Edwardian Ireland


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