Pacific Pursuits is a digital presentation of 1,259 postcards that were issued in the first two decades of the twentieth century in various countries and territories of the western Pacific. They depict urban architecture and rural landscapes, local fauna and flora, notable monuments and sites, and daily life, particularly scenes of work and domestic activity, as well as portraiture. Although produced and distributed locally for the most part, the postcards were almost certainly geared to Western visitors and Western tastes, both in their role as a means of quick communication to those back home and in the choice of subjects they depict. The views are mostly photographic, though artistic renderings are also represented; both image types are transmitted via reproductive technologies such as collotype, letterpress halftone, rotogravure, photochrom and others (real photo, or photographic, postcards are also included). This digital presentation is organized by the name of the country or territory and was selected from an extensive collection of postcards held by the Division.