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Collection of National Shortwave Radio Station QSL Cards
(Graphic Design) (International Typographic Style) (Radio) Collection of National Shortwave Radio Station QSL Cards, 1950-1965.
A broad collection of state-sponsored graphic design spanning the golden-age of post-WWII advertising. The postcards incorporate elements of international typographic style and consumer advertising with local and national iconography. Together the collection demonstrates the adaptability and diffusion of mid-century modern design, and its importance to the progress of postwar international trade.
QSL cards can acknowledge either two-way radio communications or one-way radio transmissions; most of those in the present group acknowledge a reception report sent by the collection’s compiler, an amateur radio operator living in Lockport, NY.
Sent and traded since at least the 1920s, QSL postcards have developed into an expressive format for individual operators and larger stations. The current group is distinctive because it focuses on national radio stations; their designs reflect elements of state-level propaganda programs and design. Represented nations include: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belgian Congo, Brazil, Bulgaria, Republic of Congo, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Italy, India, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Monte Carlo, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Tahiti, and Turkey. A few cities or territories are also included: Antilles, Brazzaville, Dakar, Guadalupe, Tangier, Prague (CSSR)
74 postcards, most around 15 x 10.5 cm, two much larger, all in color except six b/w real photo postcards and two with orig. photographic prints tipped in. Most with text in at least two languages (country of origin and English). Housed in plastic sleeves. Together with a folder including another 20+ examples and a small group of correspondence with national radio stations (1950-1960) for additional context.