R. Kurt Johnson

R. Kurt Johnson holds a B.A. in history from the University of Tennessee, M.A.s in history from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. also from Vanderbilt. He won a post-doctoral research grant for 2010-2011 from the Freie Universität in Berlin. He taught at Vanderbilt, Austin Peay State, University of Alaska-Anchorage, and Cameron University in Oklahoma before moving to Germany in 2016. His son Theodoric Francis Johnson was born in Stuttgart; they moved to Wyoming during Covid times in October 2021. Until the end of April 2023 he worked as the educator at the Washakie Museum in Worland, Wyo.

After World War I, people in America’s fast-growing, car-purchasing middle class could afford pleasure trips and began sending home picture postcards. The cards reveal a great deal about the attitudes, class and prejudices of their senders and vendors, and hint at what Wyoming people wanted the world to see.