Sending Word Home: Postcards from Sanitariums, Hospitals and Orphanages

Early hospital postcards provide a framework for examining individual elements of postcards and show how postcards can be used as key sources in historical research on health care in the early 1900s.

Most hospital postcards of the early 1900s are beautifully drawn with considerable attention to detail, and they depict benign, bucolic, and even inviting buildings and grounds. Only in more recent years do hospital postcards become institutional looking.