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Kalamazoo experienced a dramatic transformation during the first decades of the 20th century. Its factories churned out a wide variety of products, and the downtown area was being rapidly transformed by the addition of new skyscraper office buildings, hotels, department stores, theaters, parks, and government buildings. These turn-of-the-century developments coincided with the popularity of picture postcards. Not only did postcards offer a convenient way to send brief messages across the country, they also provided a means to show off the city and its landmarks. When viewed today, they offer a valuable record of the city's built environment.
ISBN: 9781467113779
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
David Kohrman was born and raised in the Kalamazoo area and holds degrees in history and historic preservation. He began collecting postcards over 20 years ago and has amassed nearly a thousand views. The postcards featured in this book have been selected from this collection as well as from the collections of the Kalamazoo Public Library and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.