|Object Name||Image, Digital|
Digitized leather postcard dated April 25, 1906. On the back side, the word "Post Card" appears on the top and it is addressed to Miss Alice Strach in Ohio. A one cent Ben Franklin stamp appears on the top right as well. On the other side is writing that says "Hastily Yours, Mabel G., Chattanooga Tenn." Directly underneath the words is a picture of a boy being chased by a pig.
"Leather postcards were first made in 1903. They were a novelty that appealed to tourists. When stitched together, they could be used as a pillow cover or wall hanging. The holes along the edge could also be used to attach fringe. The cards were made of deer hide and the pictures burned in. The U.S. post office banned leather postcards in 1907 because they jammed postage-canceling machines. Leather cards continued to be made as souvenirs until about 1910." Source: Kovel's.com