Dexter Press, Inc.

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Dexter Press, founded by Thomas A. Dexter in 1920 as a one-man operation in Pearl River, New York, became renowned for its innovation and craftsmanship, particularly marked by the production of the first natural color postcard in 1932. Under Dexter’s leadership, the company continuously evolved its printing techniques, transitioning from early photochromes under the name Dextone, which initially exhibited flat and dull appearances, to later advancements in optical blending resulting in richer and more vibrant colors.

In 1980, Dexter Press merged with The Mid-Western Map Company (MWM) to form MWM Dexter, combining Dexter’s expertise in printing with MWM’s emphasis on excellence in map printing. This merger facilitated significant investments in equipment and technology, totaling over $30 million, enabling MWM Dexter to provide comprehensive full-color printing and fulfillment services, solidifying its position as a leader in the industry.

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View of Storage Dam on Scioto River, Columbus, Ohio (Date Unknown)
Vintage linen postcard showing a view of the storage dam on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.

Greetings from Ohio “The Buckeye State” (Date Unknown)
Postcard showing a map of Ohio, cities, and landmarks.

Alpine-Alpa Cheese Chalet Stores, Hamilton, Ohio (Date Unknown)
Vintage postcard showing a view of the Alpine-Alpa Cheese Chalet Store in Hamilton, Ohio.

All American Soap Box Derby, Akron, Ohio (1957)
1957 vintage postcard showing the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.

Aerial View of Goodyear Plant 1, Akron, Ohio (Date Unknown)
Vintage postcard showing an aerial view of Goodyear Plant 1 in Akron, Ohio.

Ohio Turnpike, Youngstown, Ohio (Date Unknown)
Postcard from the 1970s showing the Ohio Turnpike in Youngstown, Ohio, from the air.

Scene in Franklin Park, Columbus, Ohio (Date Unknown)
Vintage postcard showing the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio.

Source: Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City