The Republic of Cuba (5)
Picture post cards became very popular about the turn
of the century. They were inexpensive to purchase and
cheap to send. It became quite fashionable to send them
to friends and relatives, especially when one was on vacation.
People began to collect them and postcard clubs were formed.
There were even international postcard clubs where members
would exchange picture postcards from their respective
At first, picture postcards were only printed in black
and white, but soon, hand painted cards appeared. Then,
German printers developed presses which could publish
cards in many colors, applying the various colors with
Some examples of Cuban picture postcards from this era
are shown below.
Tome II, number 40a “Gran
Hotel Trotcha, Habana/ Washington Building.”
Tome II, number 40c: “Coach
Stand near the Palace.”
Tome II, number 42a: “Havana,
El Christo Church.”
Tome II, number 42b: “Jesuit
Church and Bridge of Triumph/ Sagua”