Gorgeous Vintage Postcards of Incredible Architecture Around the World

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The postcard has quite the storied history. The first known picture postcard was sent from Vienna as a souvenir, but images of the sparkling new Eiffel Tower in 1889 gave impetus to the postcard, leading to the little convenient cards’ golden age at the turn of the century. The tourist images of time past serve as glossy memories we cherish today. To help you over the hump, we’ve rounded up some of the best architectural nostalgia. From 3 1/2 x 5″ renditions of Oscar Niemeyer’s glorious graphic structures to obscure designs in Casablanca and Tijuana, click through to check out vintage shots of the most incredible retro architecture in the world.

Bath-Yam Municipal Building by Zvi Hecker, Eldar Sharon and Alfred Neumann – Tel Aviv, Israel

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Mondadori Headquarters by Oscar Niemeyer – Milan, Italy

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Igreja Nossa Senhora de Fátima by Oscar Niemeyer – Brasilia, Brazil

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The Geisel Library at UC San Diego by William Pereira – La Jolla, California

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United Nations Plaza pedestrian underpass by Jean-François Zevaco – Casablanca, Morocco

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Druzhba Boarding House by Igor Vasilevsky – Yalta, Ukraine

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Kenyatta Conference Center by Karl Henrik Nøstvik – Nairobi, Kenya

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Agadir-La Reserve by Duhon et Bassiėre – Agadir, Morocco

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The Bacardi Buildings by Enrique Gutierrez – Miami, Florida

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Berlin Neue Nationalgalerie by Mies van der Rohe – Berlin, Germany

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Centro Cultural de Tijuana by Pedro Ramirez Vazquez and Manuel Rosen Morrison – Tijuana, Mexico

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Dhahran International Airport by Minoru Yamasaki – Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

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Fiuggi Fonte by Pier Luigi Nervi – Fiuggi, Italy

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The Cuban Pavilion by Vittorio Garatti, Sergio Baroni and Hugo D´Acosta – Montreal, Canada

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L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts by Richard Porro – Havana, Cuba

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Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer – Spain

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Ministry of Motor Roads by George Chakhava and Zurab Jalaghania – Tbilisi, Georgia

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Camino Real Hotel by Raúl Minondo – Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Piscine tournesol by Bernard Schoeller – Chantonnay, France

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Royan Market Hall – Royan, France

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Les Choux de Creteil by Gerard Grandval – Creteil, France

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