In the early 1990s, Eleanor Weller of the Garden Club of America received permission from Richard Marchand to make 35mm slide copies of his postcard collection. The collection of slides was then deposited with the Archives of American Gardens as the Richard Marchand historical postcard collection. In 2004, Richard Marchand granted to the Smithsonian Institution a license to use and reproduce the images from his collection.
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
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