Postcards from the Past

I have a small collection of antique postcards that I’ve collected throughout the years. I tend to collect postcards that depict places that are connected to my family history. I’ve scanned many of them and shared them here for you to enjoy, too. As my postcard collection grows and I get my current collection scanned, I’ll be adding more images and albums!

Click on the links below to see the collections on Flickr.


DeKalb County Postcards – Postcards depicting various scenes in DeKalb County, IL, including DeKalb, Sycamore, Genoa, Kingston, Sandwich, and other local towns. DeKalb County is in Northern Illinois, and was established in 1837. Popular landmarks are the Kishwaukee River, the County Courthouse in Sycamore, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and the Post Office in DeKalb.


Jacksonville Postcards – Postcards depicting various scenes in Jacksonville, IL. Jacksonville is located in Morgan County and was established in 1825. Illinois College, MacMurray College (previously called Illinois Women’s College), The Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, and the Illinois School for the Deaf are all located in Jacksonville. Illinois College established in 1829, and was the first college to be established in Illinois. Jacksonville and Illinois College also have close ties to the Underground Railroad and Abraham Lincoln.

MORE ILLINOIS POSTCARDS COMING SOON! Collections of postcards from Petersburg, Bureau County, Addison, and other places in Illinois!

[Please note: These images are scanned from actual postcards that I personally own. For many of these postcards published after 1923, the copyright status of the images is unknown. As such, these images are for research purposes only, and may not be used or reproduced for any other purpose. If you have information regarding the copyright status of individual postcards, please contact me.]

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