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Associate Curator of Photography
KEVIN N. SMITH is the Associate Curator of Photography at History Colorado. Kevin first started working with collections as an intern at History Colorado in 2013; he has also worked with the Broomfield Depot Museum and the Colorado State Archives. Smith completed his M.A. in history at the University of Colorado Denver and is a Certified Archivist (CA) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.
As an eventful, historic, and, to put it mildly, challenging year draws to a close, it’s amazing to see the contributions to preserving and sharing Colorado’s history that have happened over the past months.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a postcard is even better. Sending postcards in one form or another has been a novel way to both show a picture and convey a message since the mid-nineteenth century. Postcards’ one-cent postage and collectible nature caused their popularity to boom throughout Colorado and the United States in the early 1900s, cementing their place in history as a fun, visual form of communication. Colorado’s mountain vistas, vacation spots, and growing communities across the state provided endless subject matter for small, three-by-five-inch snapshots with a quick note or greeting. Today, postcards from the past reveal Colorado’s visual history through photography as well as the ways Coloradans and visitors portrayed the state to the rest of the world.