Richard Marchand historical postcard collection, circa 1900s-1970s, bulk 1920-1940s
Chaplin, Charlie 1889-1977
Fairbanks, Douglas 1883-1939
Keaton, Buster 1895-1966
Garden Club of America
.5 cubic ft
Approximately 1,200 35mm slides
The Richard Marchand Historical Postcard Collection contains approximately 1,200 35mm slide reproductions of postcard images depicting early twentieth century architectural and garden views of over 600 private estates throughout the United States. The collection includes views of estates owned by popular movie stars of the 1920s and 1930s, including Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Claudette Colbert and Buster Keaton.
A number of estates represented in the collection have been destroyed or subdivided over the years. Most of the postcard views indicate the name and location of a particular property, though few include specific captions or are dated. A small number of the views are black and white; the majority were made using various color lithographic properties. The collection does not include copies of the back of the postcards where messages and addresses would have been written.
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Richard Marchand historical postcard collection