Travel & Landmarks

Representing roughly half of the total collection, Travel and Landmarks makes up by far the largest category of postcards. The travel postcards are also the category most assiduously collected by Caruso himself. He focused especially on postcards featuring images of New York. Travel postcards seemed to serve roughly the same function in 1900 as they do in today's society – sending postcards to friends and family while traveling. They present a tangible souvenir or memory of an experience away from home.  However, the collecting craze also adds a unique character to the ways Travel and Landmark postcards appear to have been consumed. For example, Caruso received several series of and Landmark postcards from traveling friends, all sent on the same day and without inscription. This somewhat negates the communication function of the postcard, instead highlighting its utility as a collector’s item or easily accessible piece of art.