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Special Collections: Guide to the Hoffman Postcard Collection

Collection title: Hoffman Postcard Collection
Collection number: MS 251
Dates of collection: 1900s
Size of collection: 35 boxes
Provenance: Gift of David and Iris Hoffman
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval

Biography

David and Iris Hoffman of Rockport, Maine, were the collectors of these postcards. They donated them to the Special Collections Department in 1978, 1982 and 1983.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains approximately 26,760 postcards covering a wide variety of places and subjects. The part of the collection given in 1978 consists of ca. 8200 cards arranged by subject and includes cards showing animals, children, holiday scenes, etc. It also contains cards signed by various postcard artists.

In 1982 approximately 6000 additional postcards were given; this part of the collection includes 650 views of scenes in the state of Maine.

In 1983 the final part of the collection, over 5000 postcards of ocean liners, steamships, battleships and steamboats, was given to the library.

The collection is arranged by subject and labeled as it was when received from the Hoffmans.

Contents of Boxes

Box 1

Actor-Actress

Advertisement

Amusement, Coney Island Park

Animals

Astrology

Aviation

Baby

Balloon

Bath

Bathing Beauties

Birthday

Blacks

Bridges

Cameras

Cancels

Cards

Cars

Cats

Children

Box 2

Christmas

Clocks

Comic

Costumes

Cowboy/Indian

Disasters

Dogs

Drunks

Embroider

Exposition U.S.

Famous People

Fantasy

Fire

Flags

Fortune

Gambling

Box 3

Gruss Aus

Guns

Hands

Hats

Hotels

Industry

Interior

Judaic

Ladies

Leap Year

Leather

Letters

Lighthouse

Lovers

Masons

Mechanical

Novelty

Box 4

Nudes

Oriental

Paintings

Patriotic

Photographs

Pilgrims

Post Office

Rally Day

Real Photo

Religious

Royalty

Science

Ships

Souvenir

Spoons

Sports

Box 5

St. Patrick’s

Stamps

Stores

N.Y Subway

Tea

Thanksgiving

Toys

Trains

Tuck

Typewriter

Valentine

World War I France

World War I

Box 6

Western

Yearcard

Misc. Greetings

Box 7

Misc. Greetings

Box 8

Misc. Greetings

Box 9

Misc. Greetings

Signed Artists

States

Box 10

States

Foreign Countries and Cities

Box 11

Kline

P. G. B

Thiele

H. B. G

Winsch

Halloween

July 4th

Box 11A

Patriotic

Lincoln

Washington

Animals

Box 11B

Foreign Countries and Cities

Advertising

Animals

Art Nouveau

Bathing Beauties

Box 12

Birthday

Cats

Box 13

Children

Christmas

Box 14

Christmas

Santa

Box 15

Clapsaddle

College and State Girls

Comic

Thanksgiving

Box 16

Costumes

Dogs

Early

Easter

Box 17

Expositions

Fantasy

Fire

Fisher

Flowers

Foreign

Box 18

France

Gruss Aus

Halloween

Hold to light

Horses

Hotels

Indians/ Cowboys

Box 19

Ladies

Large Letter

Leather

Lovers

Maps

Box 20

Mech/Novelty

Military

Misc.

Box 21

Music

Natives

Nudes

Oriental

Paintings

Patriotic

P.F.B

Political

Box 22

Political

Real Photo

Religious

Royalty

Russia

Santa

Specials

Stamps/coins

Box 23

Sports

Telephones/ typewriters

Theatre/ actors

Steamers/ sailboats

In the air- planes, balloons

Ocean liners

On the ground- cars, busses

Trains/ depots

Box 24

Thanksgiving

Tuck

Unusual

Valentine

Workers/occupation

Box 25

Maine:

Acadia National Park

Atlantic Maine

Auburn

Augusta

Bailey’s Island

Bangor

Bar Harbor

Bath

Belfast

Bernard

Biddeford

Blaine

Boothbay Harbor

Bridgton

Brooksville

Brownville

Brunswick

Bucksport

Camden

Cape Elizabeth

Cape Porpoise

Casco Bay

Caratunk Village

Castine

Charleston

China

Christmas Cove

Damariscotta

Dark Harbor

Denmark

Deer Isle

Dexter

East Harbor

East Millinocket

Eastport

East Machias River

Elliot

Ellsworth

Eustis

Falmouth

Farmington

Five Islands

Fort Popham

Franklin

Freeport

Foxcroft

Friendship

Fryeburg

Gardiner

Gray

Greenville

Greenville Junction

Hallowell

Harrison

Houlton

Isle au Haut

Kennebec

Kennebunk

Kennebunkport

Kineo

Kingman

Kittery

Lisbon Falls

Litchfield

Livermore Falls

Lewiston

Long Island

Loon Lake

Lucerne

Machias

Madison

Milo

Monhegan

Moosehead Lake

Mooselookmeguntic

Mt. Desert Island

Murray Hill

Naples

New Gloucester

Newport

New Sharon

North Anson

North Buckfield

North Deer Isle

North Edgecomb

Northeast Harbor

North Haven

Northport

Norway

Oakland

Ocean Park

Ocean Point

Ogunquit

Old Orchard Beach

Old Town

Orrs Island

Owls Head

Paris

Paris Hill

Peaks Island

Pemaquid

Phillips

Pittsfield

Poland

Popham

Port Clyde

Portland

Presque Isle

Rangeley

Richmond

Ripley

Rockland

Rockwood

Roque Bluff

Rumford Falls

Box 26

Saco

Sanford

Seal Harbor

Shoredrive Point

Skowhegan

South Berwick

South Blaine

South Bristol

South Freeport

South Harpswell

South Poland

Southwest Harbor

South Windham

Sorrento

Springvale

Squirrel Island

Stonington

Stratton

Thomaston

Togus

Turner

Van Buren

Vanceboro

Vinalhaven

Waldo

Waldoboro

Warren

Waterville

Wayne

Westbrook

West Boothbay Harbor

West Farmington

West Pembroke

Wilton

Winn

Winter Harbor

Winthrop

Wiscasset

Yarmouth

York

Misc. Maine

Military

Steamboats

Boxes 27-33

Steamboats

Box 34

Steamers

Foreign

Box 35

Foreign

Ocean Liners

 

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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