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Wichita, Kansas, was founded in 1870 as a small frontier cow town. By 1900, after having gone through one of the most remarkable real estate boom-and-bust cycles in US history, it had become the largest city in the state and a regional hub of commerce. Wichita flourished between 1900 and 1940, and its population quadrupled as it became a world leader in aircraft production. Picture postcards were introduced just as Wichita entered this latter phase of development, and the colorful new form of communication amply documented Wichita's history during those years.
ISBN: 9780738593906
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Kansas
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 203
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
James E. Mason is a Wichita native. He works as an interpretive naturalist for the Wichita Parks Department at the Great Plains Nature Center. His interest in picture postcards developed as he uncovered postcards while writing Images of America: Wichita's Riverside Parks, his first book with Arcadia Publishing. Postcard History Series: Wichita reveals the many colorful stories of Wichita's past that are depicted on vintage postcards from a century ago.