A Laurel History Boys® publication. © 2019 Richard Friend

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280 pages of historic postcards from Laurel—ranging from the early 1900s to the late 1980s—faithfully reproduced at full size.

It's impossible to know just how many different postcards from Laurel, Maryland were produced ​over the course of the 20th century, but one thing is clear—the number is larger than you'd expect. In fact, it's considerably larger than that of more populous nearby towns, such as Silver Spring. 

The prolific work of early local photographer, Bert Sadler undoubtedly set the stage for many of the advertising postcards to come; the range of which includes landmarks, schools, churches, restaurants, motels, and more.

Postmark Laurel is the first published collection of these cards, featuring over 130 different pieces, fronts and backs, including many rarities. 

Richard Friend is a founding member of The Laurel History Boys, a public history project utilizing archival preservation, photography, oral history, and presentations to convey the historical experiences of Laurel, Maryland—where he grew up. A graphic designer by day, Richard’s passion for hyper-local history began when he created the blog, “Lost Laurel,” as a way to document the vanishing retailers of his home town. This is his second book.

While this book took the help of many to produce, some were downright indespensible. Whether it was through your time, friendship, generosity, or all of the above, my sincerest thanks are with you. 

 

PETER & MARTHA LEWNES

AARON MARCAVITCH

THE PRESSLEY FAMILY

TRACY SCAGLIARINI

JESSICA SHARP

MONICA STURDIVANT

CHARLES WOLZ

MARLENE FRAZIER

CAROL FRIEND

CHARLES HESSLER

LESLIE JOHNSON

KEVIN LEONARD

MICHAEL & MARY EILEEN LESZCZ

JHANNA LEVIN

ANN BENNETT

JACK BOWEN

ED BRAKUS

LUCILLE CROWLEY

MARTI DAVILA

CARL DEWALT

JOHN FLOYD

Lorraine Armstrong

The Aycock Family

John A. Ballenger Jr.

Howard J. Bampton

Chris Barbuschak

Rob & Sharon Baxley

Bob Berardino

Rachel Betancourt Gentile

Michael R. Boivin Sr.

Michael & Donna Boivin

Scott & René Booker

Richard & Brooke Bray

John & barbara Bryan

The Bulla Family

Dan & Linda Burton

Mike Cannon 

Bonnie Perlin Carpenter

Matt Colwell

The Desormeaux Family

James M. Diaz

Josh Dixon

Kelly Sumner Donaldson

Tom Dorman

Daniel Dove & Kay Ward

Lisa & Dave Everett

Mary Fisher

The Flester Family

Ann Marie Flores

Abram Fox

Gary Gaines 

The Garshell & Silverman Family

Audrey Burton Geatz 

Elizabeth Gildersleeve

Karl Ginter

Connie J. Grauel

Robert Green & Sherry Wetherill (Green)

Ashley Gresham

Douglas Hayes

R.A. Hemmerick

Mark & Jeanette Henkin

In Memory of Charles White

Wanda June

Bob King

Gail Leek Klakring

Brad Klingebiel

John S. Kobe

Matt Kohlepp

Brock Krakat

Jeff Krulik

Michael Laughlin

Tina Schmidt Locknane

Jim Love

Nancy & Steve Love

Katherine Malloy

herbert marselas

Christy Marshall

Scott Mason

Rick McGill

Ann Meixner

The Merry Roper Family

John & Lee Mewshaw

Pamela S. Meyers

Bob Moylan

Michael Mullen

Matthew Mullis

Nancy Mullis

Patrick “The Murph” Murphy

Jaci & Larry Muzamel

Mike Oakes

Oliver’s Old Towne Tavern

Jan Perillo

Jeff, Jaden, & Jeffrey Perlin

Shari Pollard

Ray Pomeroy

Margie & Nick Rabickow 

Bob Rennick

Marie Roper

Tracy & Jay Scagliarini

Stacy Katz Sheppard

Mindie J. Simmons

Karl & Theresa Skaggs

Earl Skidmore

Nate “Igor” Smith

Quinn & Oren Smith

Tastee Diner—Laurel

Gene & Renate Taylor

Mike Templeton & Mary Anne Beauchamp

Sam Thacker

Donald Thompson

Diane Threat

Greg Trawinski

Jeff Waltzer

Stephen Wenzel

Debbie Willie & Frank Kane

George & Beverley Winkert

Scarlett Carson Wirt

Marilyn Judd Wistort

Tee Jack Wongananda

Jessica Zeroual