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Wish You Were Here: An Album of Vintage Mackinac Postcards


“History is sometimes found in unusual places. Mice steal away bits of paper to build nests, buttons drop between floorboards and a trash pit from one era becomes historical evidence for later eras. Travelers to the Straits of Mackinac region do not think of themselves as “making history” when they vacation, but they continue a tradition that is older than European settlement. … Throughout the 20th century tourism was the major industry here and postcards the most frequently found and most affordable historic evidence of the pastime. …

Here is a sampling of Mackinac postcards from the first half of the 20th century. Each image captures a moment in time. In most cases, the subjects pictured continue to be favorites for present-day postcards. Some places no longer exist, however, or are places that do not hold the same fascination for today’s visitors”

This book is a fun and entertaining look at the rise of the postcard as a vacation travel staple. It chronicles the development of the postcard and the early 20th century pioneers of the postcard trade in the Mackinac area.

Includes over 200 full color reproductions of postcards from the MSHP collection.

Author: Steven C. Brisson
Publisher: Mackinac State Historic Parks
ISBN: Hardcover 0-911872-80-4 Softcover 0-911872-79-78
Illustrated, 140 pages
Price: Hardbound $14.95; Softbound $12.95