Art Deco Postcards

Patricia Bayer

A wide-ranging and unique survey of Art Deco architecture and design, told through postcards of the era.


Art Deco was one of the most captivating and popular artistic movements of the twentieth century, and its iconic blend of luxury and simplicity still bewitches us today. This volume has an entirely original approach to the subject: it features postcards from the 1920s to 1940s—from nightclubs, hotels, and restaurants to skyscrapers, apartment buildings, and airports—each landmark or interior immortalized in miniature.

Emblems of the era, such as the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, appear, as well as a selection of less well-known fac¸ades and interiors from around the world. The expositions and world fairs that drove the development of the style were often ephemeral displays, and the book captures these structures that are no longer on the map but have left an enduring legacy.

A special pop-out-and-keep facsimile section includes detachable reproductions of some of the most important and beautiful cards.


…Will be an item of choice for any artist with a passion for art deco style.

— The Midwest Book Review

Art Deco Postcards is a fun-to-peruse exploration of this elegant style.

— Su Casa

This book proves that great things do come in small packages …original posters from this era can cost upwards of $1,000 but these postcard sized artworks contained herein are equally joyful to behold.

— Antiques & The Arts Weekly

If your heart is lost to folk art and indigenous crafts, this is the volume for you.

— American Style

[It] is a treasure for anyone intrigued by twentieth century art.

— The Midwest Book Review


Patricia Bayer


Patricia Bayer is an art historian who has written extensively on Art Deco design and architecture. Her books include Art Deco Architecture, Art Deco Interiors, and Art Deco Postcards. She lives in Connecticut.