CardCow continues to be one of my favorite websites. It’s an online postcard store, but they have such a huge collection that it’s a really interesting site to search or browse even if you’re not planning to buy any postcards. They keep all the images online even after the card is sold, and they scan both sides which is often helpful when you’re trying to date an image. (And some of those messages are pretty interesting as social history!)
There’s also a nice feature that makes it easy to add these images to your website. Just click on Add This Card to Your Web Page and you can get the right code for to copy and paste to add the small, medium or large version to your site. The image displays a subtle watermark and will be linked back to the CardCow website.
They have lots of vintage holiday images that would work well on library booklists, blog posts and other websites, like this Thanksgiving postcard:
Yesterday I participated in the Digital Library Conference & Vendor Fair at Holy Cross, an event that celebrated the official launch of the Digital Commonwealth. The Digital Commonwealth is a portal providing access to the digital repositories of libraries and other cultural institutions around the state, soon to include NOBLE. The conference was a great success, with a diverse and enthusiastic group of participants.
The program featured keynote presentations by Mary Minow on copyright and Marshall Keys on the Digital Commonwealth and Library 2.0, and eleven break-out sessions on a various aspects of digital libraries.
CardCow.com sells vintage postcards and collectibles, worth checking out if you’re interested in adding to your library’s postcard collection. But even if you don’t plan to buy anything, this can be a very interesting site, useful for reference and worth sharing with your users. They have a lot of postcards for sale, but even after a card is sold, the image and listing stay on the website as a resource, and they have built up quite an impressive collection of images. You can browse by category, or search the listings. The cataloging isn’t perfect — there are currently eight cards listed for Magnolia and five for Mangolia — but you can usually find what you’re looking for one way or another. They list the date if a card has a postmark, and include images of the backs of the postcards, which is a nice touch.