Mitchell Historical Postcard Group (117060)

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Mitchell Historical Postcard Group  (117060)
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Edward H. Mitchell appears to be one of the first publishers of western post cards. He wrote a guide to his cards published by Bernard LAckey in 1975, a copy here in this lot. Mitchell himself thinks he published mre than 10,000 different cards, but in the "And Finally" chapter in his book, admits that he has only alist of 6,000 cards. Mitchell says the list has never been compiled, and it is clear he never expected anyone tohave such as trong interest in collecting his cards. Mitchell began publishing post cards in 1898. This was the near beginning of the picture postcard era, today known as "pionner cards". Postcards themselves seem to have been invented in the late 1870's, but the concept of putting a picture on one side as a rememberance or advertising promotion didnt hit the western US until 1898. Mitchell's book discusses teh varieties of printed backs on teh cards and their dates of issue. The forst cards are simply well known places to visit, and are "spread out" - not like later, where Mitchell and other publisheers might publish 20 differnt cards for a single location. This lot has all of the early (nearly all) Mitchell cards in the John Reynolds Collection. They have been grouped to some extent by printed back style. Because they are among the very early western cards, this is a "mix" of locations. it is more about the history of post cards than the location. It includes a number of PM-1 cards, among the first. There are perhaps 100+ cards. Please see the photo of the lot.

Provenance: John Reynolds Collection
Country (if not USA):
State: California