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Zeppelins - Many postcards were made depicting zeppelins, rigid framed airships propelled by motor, and their giant hangers. Most of these cards are from Germany since they originated the design and had a large fleet of well over a hundred ships. Other countries also published postcards of these German craft as they visited on international trips. By WWI they stopped being presented as images of a bright future and were depicted as instruments of terror because of their use in bombing raids. But as wartime memories faded they grew once again into symbols of modernity and were almost always included in futurist postcards.
Zodiac - There has always been interest in the ancient art of Astrology so it is not surprising that images of the twelve zodiac signs have been portrayed on postcards. While some images are very creative others are rather plain.
Zoos - Animals had been collected for the menageries of the nobility for centuries but the first public display was created in Vienna in 1752. After the London Zoo was established in 1828 it inspired many more to be created throughout the world. The first zoo in the United States was set up in New York’s Central Park in 1860. These zoos that first appeared on postcards were very different than those found today. They were more concerned with public entertainment than education as animals were taught tricks and kept in an environment that resembled prisons.