Leather Postcards?

July 10, 2018 - 1 minute read

Did you know that once upon a time, people mailed leather post cards?

For just the briefest time from 1903 to 1907, leather postcards were available and could be mailed in the US. They were a novelty that appealed to tourists. When stitched together (notice the diamond holes all around the card), they could be used as a pillow cover or wall hanging. The holes along the edge could also be used to attach fringe. The cards were made of deer hide and the pictures were burned in. The U.S. post office banned leather postcards in 1907 because they jammed postage-cancelling machines.

So in March, just in time for golf season to start, Mary Lou came in to pick up the leather card she brought in to get framed for her grandson. Believe it or not, we floated the card onto a “turf” covered matting from Crescent. I never thought I would find anything to use this mat with. Besides looking great all together, the “turf” texture adds to the novelty of the card. What a fun piece to design and execute!