Between 1940 and 1960, every self respecting tourist roadside souvenir shop stocked these. Every national park postcard rack boasted their own designs.
They don’t exist today.
Postcards on Cardstock are so much cheaper, faster, easier, shinier... and modern.
You can occasionally find vintage wooden postcards like these on Etsy, eBay and antique stores. But the attempts at versions that are made today are actually just paper thin veneer run through digital printers. (If you look closely at the print surface on a veneer, the lack of ‘ink bleed’ is one of the tell tale signs) and - They are not nearly as hardy as the original old school ones were.
The only difference between ours and the OGs is that back in the day of the Hoover administration, they would have retailed for a quarter— and now they cost us $7.49 a piece to have custom made. (And ours will likely take a helluva lot more postage to get to their destination)
Wooden souvenir postcards have always had a soft spot in our hearts, and now they have a little spot in our camp store.
We aren’t kidding ourselves and realize that we very well may be the only ones in the country who give a damn about staying true to printing methods of souvenirs that date back to the 40s.
The instructions were lifted from the originals, that explain to "Write in Pencil". There is something satisfying knowing that the modern technology of a Sharpie marker just won't work on these things.
➕ Postcards measure 3" x 5"
➕ Postcards are made with thick Cherry wood board, & silkscreened, one pass in black ink
➕ Photo featured is the first postcard made of (then named) “Hotel Wandawega”, Circa 1929
➕ Made in the USA