Exaggeration Postcards

Postcards, like photographs and moving images, have been used to document a locality’s history. In rare cases, “exaggeration” postcards were used to advertise facetiously the products, advantages, or unique aspects of a place. These postcards, dating from the 1910s to the 1950s, promoted Nebraska’s agricultural and wildlife advantages to a public aware of the exaggerated nature of the subject. These are from the Society’s photo collection RG2053.PH.

Exaggeration Postcard (RG2053.PH:7)

RG2053.PH7, postcard

“I’ll be on my way – I’ll be seein’ yeh.” Photograph by F. D. Conard , Garden City, Kansas

Exaggeration postcard (RG2053.PH12)

RG2053.PH12, postcard

“Grown near Geneva, Nebraska,” about 1920.

Exaggeration postcard (RG2053.PH3)

RG2053.PH3, postcard

“How we do things at Kearney, Nebraska,” about 1918.

Exaggeration postcard (RG2053.PH27a)

RG2053.PH27a, postcard

“The monster of Big Alkali.” Photograph by Vangraven and Thomas, Alliance, Nebraska, about 1950.

Exaggeration postcard (RG2053.PH28)

RG2053.PH28, postcard

“Harvesting a profitable crop of onions in Nebraska.” Photograph by W. H. Martin, 1909.

Exaggeration postcard (RG2053.PH27)

RG2053.PH27, postcard

“A good day for ducks in Nebraska.” Photograph by W. H. Martin, 1909

Exaggeration postcard (RG2053.PH29)

 RG2053.PH29, postcard

“Nebraska is the place we grow large cabbage.” Photograph by W. H. Martin, 1908.

Exaggeration postcard (RG2053.PH19)

RG2053.PH:19, postcard

“You don’t stick these bunnies in your hunting coat pocket.” Photograph by F. D. Conard, Garden City, Kansas.

Exaggeration postcard (RG2053.PH21)

RG2053.PH21, postcard

“Nebraska Vegetables,” copyrighted by Olson Photography Company, Plattsmouth, Nebraska in 1905 

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