Bowden Postcard Collection Online
The Bowden Postcard Collection Online is an ongoing project based on our vast postcard archive, originally donated by Clyde Bowden and Charles Shields. Friends and Miami graduates, Bodwen and Shields both took an interest in collecting postcards, particularly from the first half of the 20th century. Tragically, Shields fell ill in 1986. With Bowden's help, his collection was donated to the Miami University Libraries and held in Special Collections. Fifteen years later, in 2001, Bowden again contacted the library, offering to contribute his own incredible collection. The collection is estimated to comprise of over 480,000 postcards from all places and times of the 20th century world.

The images you see here are taken from cards known to be out of copyright.

All postcards are housed at the Walter Havighurst Special Collections Library. For more information on the collection or the project, please e-mail the library at or call (513) 529-3323.
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