Largest country collections: Austria (c.150) Czech Rep. (c.150) France (c.1370) Germany (c.1760) Italy (c.550) Netherlands (c.140) Poland (c.190) Romania (c.170) Russia (c.580) Ukraine (c.290) UK (c.520) USA (c.950)
New York (81)
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Carthalia World Map (via Wikidata)
A Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan
B Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Benin Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Bulgaria Burkina Faso
C Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Chile China Colombia Congo (D. R.) Costa Rica Côte d'Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic
D Denmark Djibouti Dominican Republic
E Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia
F Faroes Finland France
G Gabon Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Guatemala
H Haiti Hungary
I Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy
J Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan
K Kazakhstan Kenya Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan
L Latvia Lebanon Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg
M Madagascar Malaysia Mali Malta Mauritius Mexico Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar
N Namibia Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North Macedonia Norway
P Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico
R Romania Russia
S San Marino São Tomé and Príncipe Senegal Serbia Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Somalia South Africa Spain Suriname Sweden Switzerland Syria
T Taiwan Tajikistan Trinidad & Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan
U Uganda Ukraine United Kingdom United States U.S. Virgin Islands Uruguay Uzbekistan
V Vanuatu Venezuela Vietnam
CARTHALIA shows my collection of old and new postcards of over 23,000 exterior and interior views of over 8,900 theatres.
CARTHALIA includes ancient theatres, drama theatres, opera houses, variety theatres, cabarets, music halls, cinemas, spa theatres, casinos, garden theatres, ship theatres, open-air stages, concert halls, houses of culture, multi-purpose halls (with significant non-sport use) and similar buildings worldwide, of all times. Also included are cards depicting theatre fires, theatre ruins, and plans, models, or paintings of theatres. Excluded from this site are ancient amphitheatres (which are rather sport stadiums than theatres and are only included if they have been used for theatre performances in modern times). In addition to the geographical navigation, some "galleries" show cards of theatre, concert, circus and cinema audiences, toy theatres, puppet shows, backstage views and some other themed collections. Modern reproductions of old postcards or paintings are included if they offer significant historical views that I have not been able to find on original postcards.
CARTHALIA is not intended to be "purist" in any way, as it also contains some non-postcard collectables such as theatre tickets, trading cards, greeting cards, postal stamps, first day covers, postal stationery, decorative postmarks, decorative unofficial stamps, money bills, telephone cards, beer mats or fridge magnets.
Giving a complete account of the history of each theatre is clearly out of scope of a project like this - the accompanying texts are merely thought to give a short overview of a building's history. To illustrate the importance of a theatre building, some dates of world premieres of famous and lesser known works of the international dramatic, operatic and symphonic repertoire are listed. The texts are heavily indebted to a lot of books on theatre architecture (see Selected Bibliography), countless web pages including Wikipedia, and many useful comments from friends and internet users worldwide. Most pages have links to matching articles on Wikipedia or a link to a Wikidata item.
An unlinked list entry in the menu on the left means that I have not yet scanned my postcard(s) of that theatre.
CARTHALIA is a made-up word mixing
License: This is a private site celebrating a passion for theatres and a passion for collecting postcards. The purpose of the gallery is to show my collection - it is entirely non-commercial. All texts and all public domain pictures on the site are published without any usage restrictions from my part. The copyright for any images that have not entered the public domain yet remains with the respective copyright holder.
Your copyright is infringed? Please send me an E-Mail message. If you authorize me to show the items on this site, I will add appropriate copyright/license information (and, if you wish, a link to your home page). If you choose to prohibit the exhibition, I will remove the images in question as soon as possible.
You want to re-use an image? Due to the low resolution of the scans, none of the images on the site are ready for being printed. Neither are they too useful for certain research purposes. If you want to use public domain images in publications or for your research, please send me an e-mail message. I will try to provide a better scan, free of charge. Copyrighted images can be scanned and e-mailed for research purposes, but naturally I cannot grant any permission to publish them.
Some images may contain political symbols that are illegal in some countries. See a note on Nazi postcards shown on this site.
Andreas Praefcke, 2001-2023. Responsible for contents on www.andreas-praefcke.de: Andreas Praefcke, Stauferstrasse 34, 88214 Ravensburg, Germany.
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