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| May 26, 2022 1:00 AM

Coloured Postcards

Sometime after the turn of the 20th century, shops began selling inks and brushes. It must have been quite popular to buy “hand-painted” postcards. “Hand-painted” should not be mistaken with “hand-coloured.” True “hand-painted” cards are individual pieces. There could be (slightly) different versions of the same view. However, “hand-coloured” refers to being coloured by hand with or without the use of stencils and airbrushes; making possible duplicates.

This postcard is labeled: Kootenai Indians — Port Hill, Idaho (Tribal members unknown). The museum has two copies of this postcard, which appear to be duplicates.

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