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Potter Louisville Postcard Collection

Identifier: 1986_032-UA
This body of illustrations of Louisville and Kentucky sights and scenes consists of more than 1300 color and black-and-white postcards and a handful of photographic negatives and colored slides. Most of the postcards document Louisville, while a smaller number illustrate other Kentucky cities and rural sites. The dated cards were mailed from 1904 through 1952; many are undated. The collection occupies 0.5 linear feet.

The collection was donated in 1986 and processed by Myle Tran under the supervision of Sherrill Redmon.


  • circa 1904-1952


Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in the Inventory of the Potter Louisville Postcard Collection have not been transferred to the University of Louisville.


0.5 linear feet

Biographical / Historical

Richard Gilbert Potter was a salesman and sometime photographer who collected local history photographs from the period 1880 to 1930. Potter then copied and peddled the images for use as decoration in many Louisville businesses, hotels, and restaurants. In addition to thousands of photographs made or collected by Potter, the collection also contains large-format black and white negatives made by the Walter Fischer Studio (active from 1927 to 1945) which Potter purchased in 1945 and operated until 1950. The photographs document Louisville street scenes, historic buildings, Louisville mayors, the Potter family, Louisville celebrities, sporting events, including horse racing at Churchill Downs, and local professional and amateur baseball. In addition over two hundred 7x20 negatives in the unusual banquet camera format are included in the collection.

Related Material

Potter Collection, Photographic Archives, University of Louisville
Potter Louisville Postcard Collection
Myle Tran and Sherrill Redmon
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Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
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