Postcards of Cleveland

Walter Leedy began his comprehensive collection of Cleveland postcards, now numbering nearly 8,000 in earnest in 1989. The earliest of Leedy's postcards date from 1898, before many people traveled widely, had telephones, or saw movies or newsreels, and before newspapers ran many illustrations.

Buying a picture postcard was an affordable treat common to all social classes, and collecting postcards often became a hobby. Even Queen Victoria was an avid collector... Read more about this collection.

This Web site includes digital representations of over half of the postcards in Dr. Leedy's collection.

Site Credits

Credit for assembling this wonderful postcard collection and allowing its use for this site, of course, goes to Dr. Walter C. Leedy, Jr.

The original Special Collections version of this postcard site was created by Jonetha Jackson and Mumtaz Mesania, who scanned the postcards and entered most of the text, and by Maribel Reyes who did much early work on the layout and design of the site.

Permission & Rights

The Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University makes no assertions as to ownership of any original copyrights to images digitized for this site.

This web site, however, is the property of Cleveland State University and short extracts may be used for academic and private research purposes only. No significant reproduction of the site or its images, and no commercial use in any amount or form is permitted without express written consent of the university.

Any permitted uses of this site and its contents must credit the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University as the source.