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Summer Exhibition: A Postcard Tour of Thurber

The W.K. Gordon Center’s “A Postcard Tour of Thurber” exhibit offers a glimpse of Thurber in its pre-ghost town days. Postcards will be featured that traveled across the country, as well as enlarged versions, printed or photographed professionally by the Texas Pacific Mercantile and Manufacturing Co. Several Thurber family snapshots made into postcards also will be on display.


The exhibit opens Sunday, June 5, and the Center is offering free admission from 1 to 4 p.m. that day.


The end of the 19th century marked a postcard craze in America that boomed for approximately 30 years. Almost a billion cards--nearly 10 times the population of the country--traveled through the U.S. Postal Service in 1913. That number does not include cards that were destroyed, unsold, traded or collected as keepsakes.


The W.K. Gordon Center, a museum and research facility of Tarleton State University is located at Thurber at exit 367 on Interstate 20 midway between Fort Worth and Abilene. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays.  For more information, call the Center at (254) 968-1886.