The animated postcard was a genre of card that had its greatest success in the first decade of the 20th century. Post cards were affordable mass communication, sent simply and as frequently as a text message today. The animated postcard was unique in that the images moved.
The techniques used to marble papers were kept secret for most of the history of this craft. Assistants were each taught only part of the process, so that they could not go out on their own and compete with the master.
"From Hand to Machine: The Evolution of Papermaking", is featured in the George W. Mead Paper Education Center. The exhibit details the evolution of science and technology in papermaking, showcasing artifacts from the 1300s to paper made in space aboard the space shuttle Columbia.
The museum's permanent exhibition traces the fascinating history of papermaking from its earliest antecedents through the advanced thechology of today-- from ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablets and Egyptian papyrus scrolls to the watermarked papers of Italy to the high-tech machinery of the modern paper industry.