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Along the Malibu: The Color Serigraphs and Art of Paul Dubosclard

  Just received a copy of this book.  If you're a collector of California postcards, or you've looked through southern California cards at a show you've most likely seen some of these serigraph cards . I had always thought the artist was Margaret Sheehan, since most of the cards are identified as "Published by M. A. Sheehan, Topanga California" on the back. But these distinctive cards are actually attributed to Paul Dubosclard. Although many are unsigned, a handful have a P. Dubosclard name or stamp on the front:     Many cards also have hand-written titles in pencil, presumably by Dubosclard. The bulk of the book is a catalog of all known works by Dubosclard, highlighting details about many individual cards and the series (US Presidents, State Flags, and Zodiac).  So this serves as a "checklist" for collectors, but also shows a beautifully artistic compilation of different variations of the same serigraphs, as well as showing other similar postcard view

Then and Now Postcard Views via Google Street view

 It's a lot of fun to see what the places on old postcards look like now. We added gallery page of old & new views to highlight these views via Google Street View. Have a current street view for a card to share?  Click the "Ask a Question" link on any detail page to submit a street view link.

Searching Partial City & Town Names on Postcards

We just published this tool for doing partial match searches for US City & State Names: This is especially useful for postcard collectors and postal historians for identifying locations when you might have a few letters from a postmark or maybe the writing is unclear. This comes up often in the Photo Postcards RPPC Unidentified Images  Facebook group.  This week a member posted this unidentified real photo card: Not a lot to go on, except the sender writes that one of the buildings is the "First National Bank".  That doesn't narrow it down much. Luckily, they also posted the back of the card: This gives us a few more clues.  Maybe Wisconsin?  Or related to Mammie Miller? At first glance, the postmark doesn't look decipherable, with only 3 or 4 letters and no state: Is it WAPO?  NAFO?  NARO?  Hard to say. But, the A is most likely in the middle of the word, and there are most likely only 4 or 5 letters on either side of the A.