Book Mark Company College Series No. 1 Postcards Set and Checklist

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Title Book Mark Company College Series No. 1 Postcards
Year 1900s
Size 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Images Color
Type Postcards
Number in Set

Book Mark Company College Series No. 1 Postcards Overview

These postcards featured pictures of female athletes or fans of a particular college team.

The pictures are in color and the series is unique from others because it actually features women as athletes. Most of the other sports-related college postcard series’ depicted them as fans or cheerleaders.

All of the postcards featured the school seal at the top with two pennants for the school on each side of it. Below, a woman was shown either as a dressed up fan or an athlete participating in sports such as baseball or track and field. The women are generic in nature and some of the images were used more than once for other schools. In addition, some schools were featured more than once.

Often, these will be found with writing on the front. That is because the back area did not have a postcard divider line and was to be used exclusively for the recipient’s address. The backs of the postcards are state they are part of the company’s College Series No. 1.

The postcards were produced by the Book Mark Company based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Book Mark Company College Series No. 1 Postcards Checklist

To date, the postcards in this series I have seen are listed below. Others likely exist.

  1. Brooklyn
  2. Cal (fan)
  3. Cal (hurdler)
  4. Case Western (closeup)
  5. Case Western (front view)
  6. Case Western (side view)
  7. Delaware Academy
  8. East
  9. Grinnell (Baseball Player)
  10. LSU
  11. Ohio (fan with pennant)
  12. Ohio (graduate)
  13. Stamford Seminary
  14. Trinity
  15. Western Reserve
  16. Wyoming

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