This online exhibition features 535 digitized images of vintage postcards (front and back) focused on Los Angeles County and Southern California. Postcard images are dated from 1900 through the 1960s. All images are unaltered and reflect the condition of each postcard at the time of imaging. The collection was originally part of a larger postcard collection assembled by the late Dr. Thomas F. Dignam. Besides having been a psychologist in private practice and for Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, Dr. Dignam was an avid collector of books, postcards and other memorabilia. After his passing in 2013, some of his collection was donated to charitable retail store Up*Scale Collectibles in Whittier, California, from where this portion was acquired for the Los Angeles Almanac.
We wish to make a special acknowledgement of the Chicago Postcard Museum for its inspiration, example, and creativity by showing us how to bring together and share a rich and colorful visual history of a great metropolis. Since 2007, the Chicago Postcard Museum has done for Chicago what we are just now doing here for Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. Thank you, Neil Gale, for leading the way.