ABOUT REAL PHOTO POSTCARD: George Eastman of Kodak fame, acquired the rights to produce photo paper with a pre-printed postcard back and, in 1903, developed an inexpensive folding camera that produced postcard sized negatives. A few years later, in 1907, he introduced the “real photo postcard” service allowing amateur photographers to turn any photograph into a postcard, inexpensively. The RPPC’s popularity exploded and people everywhere used them to chronicle events and small town scenes that might otherwise have been lost to history, having been largely ignored by professional photographers. Real Photo Postcards, or RPPCs, are, therefore, often one of a kind snapshots of offering unique views of our history.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO MRS. NEVA WAGENER COLBERT A substantial collection of Wheeling postcards was donated to the library by Mrs. Neva Wagener Colbert in May of 2014. In a letter sent along with the postcards, Mrs. Colbert wrote, "My husband and I had a lot of fun collecting these postcards of Wheeling, my home town. I tried to find pictures of Wheeling as I remembered it from the years of my residence ther (1937-1960). Now I hope patrons of the library find fun and information in them. Sincerely, Neva Wagener Colbert."
OCPL appreciates the generosity and thoughtfulness of its many patrons in donating books, historical materials, and other library materials to the Library. Because of the overwhelming number of items donated, the limited amount of staff time to handle these donations, and limited space to house the donated materials, OCPL must restrict the donations accepted. We welcome donations of books, historical materials, and other materials of value. Please read more about our Donation Policies: