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April 6, 2013

Postcards In Her Blood

You could say that postcards – particularly Florida postcards – are in Liz Coursen’s blood.

Her great-grand uncle was W.L. Coursen, a Daytona Beach photographer known for his pictures of racing cars and visitors from around the turn of the century until he retired in 1957. His panoramic postcards showing cars like the famed Bluebird with the surf lapping in the background are many people’s mental image of that glamorous era in auto racing.

“He even looked a lot like my grandfather,” she said of the postcard photographer.

Coursen, a Sarasota-based writer and speaker, has collected vintage postcards for 30 years, written books about vintage postcards, and runs an on-line business — – that sells suitable-for-framing blowups of images from the heyday of postcards. read more


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