Familiar Figures of London

Postcards are carriers of text, and correspondence that bring images across boundaries of class, gender, nationality, and race. Through analyzing these pieces of visual culture, the audience confronts deep-seated prejudices, the way they visually function, and the manner employed in reconstructing their history.

This collection was originally created by Robert Sauber in 1898 and titled “Familiar Figures of London” features a series of 12 lithographs prints. Between 1906 and 1909, they were reproduced by the The Pictorial Stationery Co., Ltd. in their Peacock "pictorette" Post Card Series, and distributed in London, England.

The overwhelming majority of these compilations are nostalgic in tone and intent. They reflect anxiety about the accelerating rate of social and cultural change beginning in the late nineteenth century.