Fourth of July Postcards

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Get a taste of Independence Day celebrations of the past with a slide show of vintage postcards from collectors Scott Henderson and Richard Sheaff. Now this is Americana at its finest!
Early 20th-century postcards manufactured for the Fourth of July were very popular. Thousands of colorful cards featured such themes as Uncle Sam, the Goddess of Liberty, eagles, cannons, flags, liberty bell, fireworks, Statue of Liberty, Native Americans, Revolutionary War figures, nautical subjects, and the nation's founders. From the early 1900s the production of postcards neatly coincided with the Safe and Sane movement that was initiated in a number of major cities to get dangerous fireworks away from the public. Many cards demonstrated the seriousness of this issue, but interestingly did so in a humourous vein. One popular card included the conundrum: "How to prevent your boy being killed on the Fourth of July-kill him on the third."

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