In the first two decades of this century, there existed a phenomenon called the “postcard craze”. Hundreds of thousands of postcards were mailed throughout the world. Postcard clubs were formed; exchanges were sought with individuals everywhere. Popular views, such as street scenes, downtown buildings, recreation areas, churches, schools, and hotels sold well and still exist today.
This portfolio of postcard views of Trinidad and Tobago is not a complete history, but rather a memorable documentary of the way of life in the Twin Islands during the first few decades of this century.
Postcards are social documents of our past: styles of clothing, architecture, landscape, decoration, transportation, amusement, communication, commerce and industry. These views tell us about people and their attitudes, while the writings on the reverse sides usually give us a glimpse into their personal lives.