"Ukraine In Postcards"
"Cartophilia Ukrainiana...........Ukraine's bewitching beauty, the life of
her people, her national folklore and the work of her artists attracted the
attention of publishers and collectors and encouraged them to print
which they would later disseminate.
This momentous step on the part of the artists and publishers stirred a great
love for art in the hearts of the people.
Each postcard was cherished by patrons of Ukrainian art. In order to
gladden the heart of a distant friend who lived in a foreign land or one's
relative, or anybody for that matter, one would send that person a postcard
bearing the image of either a Ukrainian thatched-roof house or views of
Lviv, Poltava, the Dnipro, Halych or other corners of Ukraine.
The demand for postcards grew while publishers, in their turn, continued to
seek out appropriate themes. The most popular postcards were those
depicting a girl wearing the national costume or, if a portrait was depicted,
giants of the Ukrainian spirit.
Those people who found themselves in foreign countries were often consumed with
nostalgia for their native land. They sought some sort of contact with
that which was close and dear to them. They needed something which could
cheer them up, extinguish their grief and warm their broken hearts, remind
them of the dear, the close things that were always on their minds, the things
that were now very far away, across the vast oceans and beyond the high
And this tiny message which arrived from the native land------this
postcard-----was showered with kisses and drenched with tears and cherished as a
priceless momento for many years.
My task was to prepare for publication an album of collected postcards which
would express all the facets of Ukrainian life as it actually was.
Buhayevych of Kyiv, a collector of postcards, put great effort into the
preparation of the book, "Ukrainian Postcards and Cartophilia"
published by "Mystetstvo" in Kyiv in 1970. This collection
consists of 106 black and white postcards.
This first modest book provides a wealth of reference material for future
generations even though only one third of it is dedicated to Ukraine while the
rest is, as they say, propaganda."
Ukraine In Postcards
Stetch & Stetch Studios, Inc.
New York, New York, USA, 1981
Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 81-90039