Another interesting collection in our Department is a set of 20th-Century postcards, which show scenes in Licking County and nearby. Sadly, the pleasure of sending and receiving postcards seems to be dying out nowadays. In decades past one could find a wide variety of postcards for sale at small-town drug stores and restaurants. Postcards showed scenes of natural beauty or historical significance, and other places that were sources of pride or nostalgia in the community, such as streets, schools, churches, hospitals and businesses. Following are a few examples from our collection.
Moundbuilders State Park is the site of a large network of earthworks, which were built ca. 250-500 AD by the Hopewell People. Archaeologists believe the these mounds were used for ceremonies and astronomical observations. Located between what are now the cities of Heath and Newark, the park was also the site of fair grounds and an amusement park in the 19th and early-20th centuries.
Although it is not as easy to find new postcards for sale as it once was, you can still find many interesting older postcards in archives, museums and private collections. If you are interested in seeing our postcards, please contact us at tel. 740-670-5121.