Growing up, many Midwesterners spent vacations visiting grandparents who retired to Florida. These memories of the Sunshine State are filled with shuffleboard games, pelicans (how exotic!) and, of course, palm trees. Want to relive those warm memories of old-time vacation spots, pre-massive developments? Vintage postcards are one way. Postcards were first legally permitted in Austria on Oct. 1, 1869. The U.S. government began selling its first postcards with pre-printed stamps in 1873, and in 1875, the first International Postal Treaty was enacted to allow postcards to be sent beyond a country’s borders. They are snapshots of a time and an era! Here are some samples of some vintage postcards.