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17 Vintage Postcards From Across the United States

Scroll through for a blast from the past

Here at AFAR, we think there's something bittersweet about receiving a postcard from a friend abroad: sweet because it's nice to be thought of, bitter because well, we wish we were there too. These days, email and Skype make keeping in touch instantaneous, but that just makes opening the mailbox and seeing a postcard from far away that much more special. But they sure knew how to do postcards back in the day: funny, colorful, and always nostalgic. Take a trip across the United States, courtesy of the golden age of the postcard.

1. New York, New York

The Brooklyn Bridge was just as stately and iconic in 1909 as it is today

2. New York, New York

There’s a little of that ‘Meet the Jetsons’ vibe about the Phillippines platform at the 1964 World’s Fair

3. Atlantic City, New Jersey

From the days when long pants and skirts were all the rage on New Jersey's beaches, c. 1910

4. Washington D.C.

The Capitol Building, 1909

5. Catskill, New York

A classic pun from the Catskill mountians, date unknown

6. Miami, Florida

Miami, c. 1940—you can almost smell the sea breeze.

7. New Orleans, Lousianna

Bourbon Street in the 1970s was a must-stop on the cross-country road trip. It still is!

8. Mona Lake, Muskegon, Michigan

Postcard from Mona Lake in 1913. The back of the postcard discusses heavy snowfall, which makes the front seem a little misleading.