Werner von Boltenstern was born in Berlin, Germany in 1904. He emigrated to the United States in 1947 and settled in Los Angeles where he pursued a career as a free-lance photographer. His profession apparently sparked his interest in postcards and postcard collecting. Von Boltenstern amassed a huge personal collection which he donated to Loyola University in 1967. He continued to add to this collection until his death in 1978. Since then LMU's holdings have continued to grow through donations and currently contain an estimated one million cards. The Werner von Boltenstern Postcard Collection is one of the largest publicly-accessible collections in the United States.
Browse the Werner von Boltenstern Postcard Collection.
The William H. Hannon Library is grateful for the support from Metabolic Studio that made possible the digitization of 45 postcards from this collection. Search by "Metabolic Studio" or "Los Angeles Aqueduct" to retrieve these items.
Access the Los Angeles Aqueduct Digital Platform, funded also by the Metabolic Studio and developed by the UCLA Libraries.
Digitization of this collection is currently ongoing and more items will be added to this digital collection as and when digitization is complete.