Don’t You Wish You Were Here?

Now that it is summer, some lucky New Yorkers will be leaving their towering offices and sweaty subway commutes to go on vacation. Before email, text, and Instagram existed, vacationing men and women would invoke jealousy in their friends and family by sending them postcards from their exotic temporary homes. When photographer Weegee left his New York apartment for Europe in the 1950s and 1960s, he sent his partner Wilma Wilcox many postcards with pictures of his various destinations. Wilma donated some of these postcards to the International Center of Photography.

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Weegee, [Postcard from Weegee in Brussels to Wilma Wilcox in New York], 1958 (2009.70.70) (recto)

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Weegee, [Postcard from Weegee in Brussels to Wilma Wilcox in New York], 1958 (2009.70.70) (verso)

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Weegee, [Postcard from Weegee in Paris to Wilma Wilcox in New York] (front), 1958 (2009.70.71) (recto)

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Weegee, [Postcard from Weegee in Paris to Wilma Wilcox in New York] (front), 1958 (2009.70.71) (verso)

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Weegee, [Postcard from Weegee in Moscow to Wilma Wilcox in New York], 1963  (2009.70.77) (recto)

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Weegee, [Postcard from Weegee in Moscow to Wilma Wilcox in New York], 1963  (2009.70.77) (verso)

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About kaitlinvaughan

Currently a graduate student at Columbia University, studying Photography Theory, Museum Studies, and Anthropology; I'm slowly learning how to live in and love New York City...
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