Curt Teich Postcard Archives

Institution: Lake County Discovery Museum
27277 North Forest Preserve Road
Wauconda IL 60084
Phone: 847-968-3400
Fax: 847-526-0024
Date: 1900-2009
Extent: Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
Curt Teich (1877-1974) was a printer who immigrated to the United States from Lobenstein, Germany in 1896. Curt Teich & Company opened in January 1898 in Chicago, Illinois and closed in 1978. The Teich Company was the world's largest printer of view and advertising postcards. Teich is best known for its "Greetings From" postcards with their big letters, vivid colors, and bold style.

Scope and Content Note:
The Curt Teich Postcard Archives is recognized throughout the world as the largest public collection of postcards and related materials. The Teich Archives include images of more than 10,000 towns and cities in North America and in many foreign countries; one of the nation's largest collections of Route 66, Lincoln Highway and other travel-related images; over 100,000 job files for the postcards produced by the Teich Company; 365,000 postcards that are computer-cataloged under more than 2,100 subject headings. Among the many photographs and illustrations that appear in Teich postcards are numerous images of African Americans.

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