Mementos of 17. mai from days gone by

From the treasure chest of Cynthia Elyce Rubin

Early on, the postcard was a historical document, a modern form of communication reflecting the pulse of the time. In this group of postcards from the early 1900s, we find colorful and graphic depictions of the country’s regard for the relationship between America and Norway. It was strong and resolute, a potent reminder echoing today’s heartfelt May 17th festivities.

All images courtesy of Cynthia Elyce Rubin

This article originally appeared in the May 2023 issue of The Norwegian American.

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Cynthia Elyce Rubin

Cynthia Elyce Rubin, PhD., is a visual culture specialist, travel writer, and author of articles and books on decorative arts, folk art, and postcard history. She collects postcards, ephemera, and early photography. See