NEW SEE DOUBLE PRESS POST: VINTAGE IMAGES OF ARTISTS THAT MAY MAKE YOU HAPPY

To celebrate the good news that Obamacare is still in place, we at See Double decided to dip into our vast vintage postcard collection and offer you some images of what has long been good about America—the range of our artistic achievement. Hope you enjoy.

1. This photograph of the home in Camden, New Jersey in which Walt Whitman lived the last ten years of his life was published as “A Local View Postcard” by the Mayrose Company in Linden, New Jersey.

2. This is a photograph of John Burroughs, essayist and friend of Walt Whitman, standing outside “Slabsides,” his home in upstate New York. The postmark is 1909, twelve years before Burroughs’s death. His wise and observant writing is largely ignored today. If you love nature writing, you should give him a try.

3. A photograph of Mark Twain at his boyhood home in Hannibal, Missouri in 1908. Both Twain and Walt Whitman were frequently photographed. And because they photographed well, they remain visually familiar even for readers of today.

4. A 1912 commercial postcard promoting the talents of Mae Curtis and Golden Wright, whose hits included “Floating Down the River” and “I’m Going to Take the First Train.” If any readers have further knowledge of this delightful duo, please let us know.

5. Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, two “arcade cards” (souvenir cards sold to the public) from the 1940s. Two of the greatest women vocalists in American recording history. Both had long careers and both produced recordings that will last as long as people have ears to listen. Their styles span jazz, r & b and pop, but it boils down to what Duke Ellington said, “There’s only two kinds of music—good and bad.”

Lawrence Sutin