Between 1900 and 1920, Albuquerque hosted at least 19 different companies which published postcards of local sights. Stationers sold unique views of the city along with their other paper products, and stationery sellers such as Ole Matson, Ed Strong, and Sam Newcomer each had their own lines of postcards. Printers like Albright and Anderson and the Commercial Printing Company also produced postcards, as did curio dealers like Benham’s, Wright’s, and John Lee Clarke. The city even had a pharmacist, William Bauer, who marketed tourist views of the city along with his pills and potions at the Alvarado Pharmacy.
Presenter Nancy Tucker has always been interested in history and design. She first collected postcards as a child, and then again after college. But she was really bitten by the bug about 17 years ago when she browsed eBay for the first time, saw a postcard of an Albuquerque tuberculosis sanitarium, and said to herself, “Wow! I didn’t know about THAT!” She estimates she looks at 10,000 images a week in her hunt for postcards and other Albuquerque-ana…..