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GIVEAWAY: Win Fort Wayne history book by submitting your postcard

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Postcards from the past

What: The book “Fort Wayne,” by Randy Harter, provides a visual history of Fort Wayne from about 1900 to the 1950s through vintage postcards.

When: Available beginning today at The History Center, Barnes & Noble bookstores, Amazon.com, www.arcadiapublishing.com and other retailers.

Cost: $21.99

Looking back

Most postcards in Randy Harter's collection date from 1905 to 1930.

In the early 1900s, the U.S. Postal Service delivered mail five times a day in downtown Fort Wayne, Harter said.

Most people didn't have telephones or cars. So they sent postcards to communicate, even to friends or family living across town.

People could buy eight postcards for 10 cents and mail them for a penny each, he said. The postcards usually arrived the next day — and sometimes the same day if mailed from the downtown post office.

“You see a lot of them have short little messages like, 'When you come tomorrow, can you bring some fresh eggs,'” he said. “It certainly gives you insight into the way they lived.”

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 12:01 am

If you could put Fort Wayne on a postcard, what view would you choose? No matter whether the view is of new or old, we want to see your postcard view of Fort Wayne!

We will pick two winners, who will receive a copy of local author Randy Harter's new book, “Fort Wayne,” which chronicles Fort Wayne history from about 1900 to the 1950s as depicted in vintage postcards.

To enter, send your photo on Twitter to @newssentinel with the hashtag #postcardfw and a short description, or email the photo as a high-resolution, JPG image to nscontest@news-sentinel.com (please put Postcard Contest in the subject line, and include your name and phone number).

The contest begins today. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 4. You must be a resident of northeast Indiana and age 13 or older to enter. By participating in the contest, you accept The News-Sentinel's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The winners will be selected based on photo quality and composition. We will publish the winning photos the week of Nov. 4-9 and put others in an online photo gallery for viewing.

For questions, call 461-8347.