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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!

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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.

9. Ann Arbor, Michigan

A noteworthy moment in 1913.

10. Taos, New Mexico

Gotta love a classic in-letter picture postcard from 1936.

11. Los Angeles, California

Sunny Los Angeles in 1938.

12. YosemiteCalifornia

The grandeur of Yosemite Valley, date unknown.

13. Salt Lake City, Utah

Heads of the Morman Church in 1915.

14. San Francisco, California

The new Cliff House when horse-drawn buggies were still the main mode of transportation, c. 1910

15. Woodland Park, Seattle, Washington

Through the Washington redwoods in 1910.

16. Alaska

Moose on the loose in the 1930s.
 

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