The Imagery of Postcards sold in Micronesia during the German Colonial Period

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Abstract

The first picture postcards of Micronesia were produced for the German colonies. Starting in 1898, cards existed for the Marshall Islands, soon followed by cards for Pohnpei, Yap, Palau and the Marianas. In total three main series can be identified: generic lithographed cards with reproductions of drawing or paintings, early photographic cards with undivided backs and white space on the image side for messages, and full-face image cards. The motifs on the early cards are scenic and ethnographic, while those on the second and third series predominately reproduce symbols of German colonial power and achievement. Cards that are exploitative of women (along the lines of 'dusky maidens'), which were so popular in Samoa, are very rare in the German Micronesian setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-374
Number of pages30
JournalMicronesian Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume5
Issue number1/2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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