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Before There Was Instagram...

People used to send postcards. Millions, maybe even billions of them. And a surprising number included golf scenes of kinds of courses, from muni's to exclusive clubs. As some of you longtime readers know, I'm a fan of these cards and they've become temporary site mastheads from time to time.

In this week's Golf World Arts Issue, we ran a sampling of our favorite cards.

And now has posted many of them in a slideshow worth checking out.

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Reader Comments (15)

Cool. I have one framed and hanging in the office. (Guess which one?). Wish I had more. They are all evocative of a special, by-gone sense of the game.
11.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
The Old Postcards you use from time to time are great, I always enjoy them and thak you for them. Next time The Open comes round try to find some of the old Brit 'saucy cards' not PC but a glimpse into time past when we were not as sensative
Many thanks
11.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Morris
Well done, a good read, and a blast to see. Years ago I found 3 or 4 stacks of Austin/UT PC's from the '50s that sadly had got wet and were not salvadgable(sp). Still the top one of each stack was ok, and I still have 'em all!
11.10.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
You'd be amazed how many great old postcards are available on eBay for very inexpensive prices. If you have some vacation spot or something like that from back in the day that's close to your heart chances are great you can find some postcards from there if you wanted to reminisce! FYI.
11.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
I've found several good ones at .
11.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob Clarke
Very cool. Lincoln Park is just a golf "course", though.
11.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin part deux
I've seen the saucy ones and well, uh, no! :)

One other thing I meant to mention about the cards: they make great gifts. There are postcard shows all over and of course, ebay. But you'd be amazed what you'll find, from cards of folks' high schools to sports venues to street scenes of your neighborhoods.Throw them in a frame and they make a thoughtful, classy and different gift.
11.10.2012 | Registered CommenterGeoff
Very cool. Any one know the Southern PInes pic? Does not look like Southern Pines Golf Club.
11.10.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
The Grove Park Inn card is interesting as it depicts a time before the Inn bought the course from The Country Club of Asheville. I played a lot of golf there in the 70's before it was sold, one of my favorites, 5 great par 3s. Great memories...
Just read the Golf World issue and must say it is one of the best since going without scores. If all of them are as good as this one then I can somehow try to forgive them for taking away a staple that was very important to what made the magazine so popular to golf junkies.
11.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
RE: ''shows''

in addition to postcard specific shows, ''paper shows'' offer a variety of everything from cards to magazines, to advertising, be it from mags, displays and such- with some even offering books.

Typically done as ''tabletop'' shows, vendors are very organized, with products sorted, and most sellers having quite a command of their inventory, so you are not spending hours sorting thru postcards of hospitals, jackalopes and golf courses- the golf stuff is there for the asking.

While your gift idea is great, framed cards also make a wonderful gift to oneself.
11.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
ol Harv,
Glad to hear you liked it, I agree it was a good one.

Now, about the scores. You're on here, you're you still miss the scores even though they are online?
11.11.2012 | Registered CommenterGeoff
I do. My father started getting Golf World in the 70's and then I discovered Golfweek as well and have always loved to scour the score pages to see the familiar names of old junior or college foes that I played against that were now playing mini tour or club professional events. I still like to follow the juniors and collegiate players from my area and state and there are several sites that do that well. I refuse to pay money to see results and realize I can access most of the tournaments on line, but still hated to see the decision to stop the scores....but honestly would never stop the subscription. OCD with golf.
11.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
You either deleted my post(?) or I had a glitch when sending, so I will keep it shorter this time. I do still miss the scores in Golf World in the print edition. Just used to it and my personal favorite part of golf, scores and following players I competed against in junior golf and college golf. Bring em back.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
ol Harv,
Thanks, didn't delete. Would have enjoyed your thoughts. Though I'm guessing the scores won't be coming back, just not enough pages if you also want stories and pictures... Thanks for subscribing!
11.12.2012 | Registered CommenterGeoff

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