December 14, 1981 12:00 PM

Hal Morgan and Andreas Brown

Early in this century there was an epidemic of picture postcards. Their subjects were anything: a Bethlehem, Pa. child quarantined by measles, soldiers off to war, a tornado about to rip Omaha, proper Victorians, even a hanging. The postcards were sent to make dates or convey news; lawmen used them to help catch crooks. The authors include data for those who want to collect these unique artifacts. (David R. Godine, $25)

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