Special Exhibits Hall: Michael Jordan Honorary Suite
Rare and Wondrous Postcards

The Museum is proud to present the oldest postal card in our collection, dating from June 4, 1885. Below is the first postcard purchased by Dr. Neil Jan Gale at a collectables fair in the summer of 1967, jump-starting his lifelong love of postcard collecting. Although there is no image on this card, it was the oldest postmarked postal card he could find that day.


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A misprinted postcard is a very rare find. A misprinted "I Will" postcard is equivalent to winning the same lottery jackpot two consecutive times! The printed error on this card is on the back side. On the left-hand side is the vertical copyright. Chicago is misspelled as CHIVAGO. This one is kept locked in our vault.


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A late 19th century example of quality embossing. The detail is astounding. You can see very small details like the bricks in the building. It is hand painted with two colors highlighting the embossing even more.


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