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Easter postcard exhibit opening Tuesday at Potsdam Public Museum

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POTSDAM - A new exhibit, “Historic Easter Postcards,” will be opening Tuesday at the Potsdam Public Museum.

The Easter greeting postcards shown in this exhibition represent many of the major artists and companies that produced postcards during the “Postcard Craze” era that lasted from 1905 to 1915.

This was a period during which millions of postcards were produced and sent at all holiday occasions. Judging by the number of surviving postcards, it is clear that Easter was the second most popular of all holidays for the sending of cards, after only Christmas. The outbreak of World War I largely brought a halt to the sending of postcards as most of the outstanding printers of postcards were German.

All of the traditional Eater motifs, such as Easter bunnies, Peter Rabbit, Easter eggs, chicks, lambs, spring flowers and more are depicted. Perhaps the most humorous card shows a “bunny band” in which rabbits are playing everything from a drum to trumpets to a violin. Some of the postcards were sent to a young Helen Snell Cheel (1904-2005) for whom Cheel Arena on the Clarkson University Campus is named.

The Potsdam Public Museum is located at 2 Park Street, Civic Center, Potsdam and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, . Please call 315-265-6910 for more information or visit our website at www.PotsdamPublicMuseum.org.

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