A rather fancy name for “lots of postcards.”

But postcards are an invaluable resource; in the golden age of postcards, there were innumerable views and locales to be sent back home, to make people feel slightly envious that you were in, say, Waco. Or you’d passed a huge new church and felt compelled to inform the relatives.

But there’s more to the site than postcards. GHOST ADS takes a look at the faded painted signs from half a century ago, at least; MAIN STREETS BY DAY celebrates the incredible diversity of signage and architecture in towns great and small. MAIN STREETS BY NIGHT - take a wild guess.

There are larger old mall sites out there, but that hasn’t kept me from putting my cards together in MALLS OF YORE, and the MODERN CHURCHES site is puny but instructive.

The NEW YORK site is huge, and freshly remodeled. MINNEAPOLIS is under constant revision, and FARGO is due for a refresh this year.

Lots to enjoy, and remember - clicking on the picture should move you along to the next one.

Lileks
2014