This is actually not a card deck but a bundle of postcards. My initial collection of postcards started with a huge bundle of reduced-price postcards from Pomegranate Publishing. I think at the time they thought postcards were dead and wanted to get rid of their old ones. This is a separate bundle of black and white photographs that I removed from the main bunch.
Old Hollywood stills, publicity shots, advertising photos, landscapes, early platinum, albumen, bromide and silver prints by famous photographers like Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz, even early photographs by prolific photographer Lewis Carroll. Some photos are included from the US Civil War, and also noted jazz musicians and famous actors, authors, musicians and other theatrical personas.
Two black and white prints of paintings of of J.S. Bach and Beethoven, and two hand-tinted colour photographs from the 1930s are included in my ” black and white photographs” bundle. They seemed to fit there.
If you do a search for postcards or postcard books at online booksellers, you will see that postcards are not dead at all. I keep adding to my collection from the odd book or box of postcards newly printed, and generous people keep sending me postcards from their travels. It has burgeoned into a lovely sub-genre of my card collection.
This little black and white bundle with strangely eccentric stills was half of what started it all.