The Curt Teich Postcard Archives at the Lake County Discovery Museum is the largest public collection of postcards and related materials in North America. The core collection in the Teich Archives is the industrial archives of the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, which operated from 1898 to 1978 as the world’s largest printer of view and advertising postcards. The company saved examples of every image printed, as well as the original materials for each postcard.
Specialties include historic images of 20th Century life. Vintage postcards chronicle cities and towns, travel, transportation, National Parks, social attitudes, the marketplace, family life, fashion, architecture, the changing landscape and design movements. Other topics include WWI, WWII, Route 66, African-American history, world’s fairs, genre, patriotic subjects, suffragettes and literary characters.