Postcards became popular at the turn of the 20th Century, especially for sending short messages to friends and relatives. They were collected right from the start, and are still sought after today by collectors of pop culture, photography, advertising, wartime memorabilia, local history, and many other categories.
Postcards were an international craze, published all over the world. The Detroit Publishing Co. and Curt-Teich were two of the major publishers in the U.S, and sometimes individuals printed their own postcards as well.
There are many types of collectible vintage postcards. Hold-to-light postcards were made with tissue paper surrounded by two pieces of regular paper, so light would shine through. Fold-out postcards, popular in the 1950s, had multiple postcards attached in a long strip. Real photograph postcards (RPPCs) are photographs with a postcard backing.
Novelty postcards were made using wood, aluminum, copper, and cork. Silk postcards – often embroidered or with a printed image – were wrapped around cardboard and sent in see-through glassine paper envelopes, and were especially popular during WW1. In the 1930s and 1940s, postcards were printed on brightly colored paper designed to look like linen.
Most vintage postcard collectors focus on themes, like Christmas, Halloween, portraits of movie stars, European royalty and U.S. presidents, wartime imagery, and photos of natural disasters. Not to mention cards featuring colorful pictures by famous artists like Alphonse Mucha, Harrison Fisher, Ellen Clapsaddle, and Frances Brundage.
With vintage postcards, subject matter, condition, and rarity, plus general desirability and demand, determine value.
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Obscure writer helps Wes Anderson check into 'Grand Budapest Hotel'Today.com (blog), March 8th
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Andrew Johnson Birthplace, Raleigh, NCGoodnight, Raleigh, March 6th
This week Flashback Friday takes a postcard tour featuring the modest dwelling that is the birthplace of our country's 17th President — Andrew Johnson. The Goodnight Raleigh postcard collection reveals that President Johnson's Birthplace is the third...Read more
Mario, flutes and trains – Colorado museum a trove for collectorsNew Haven Register, March 6th
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Rutherford library to host postcard collection programNorthJersey.com, March 6th
Rutherford library to host postcard collection program. Thursday March 6, 2014, 9:51 AM. South Bergenite. Print | E-mail. A free program "Collecting Postcards and Vintage Paper For Fun or Profit" will be held at the Rutherford Public Library, 150 Park...Read more
History theme has Trivia Bee contenders abuzzStockton Record, March 4th
She may not be a fourth generation Stocktonian as both Maxwell and McComb are, arriving in 1985, but van Ommeren wrote the book "Stockton in Vintage Postcards," worked to have two buildings designated as historic landmarks and created a class for ...Read more
The First C&O DepotHuntington Herald Dispatch, March 3rd
This vintage postcard, postmarked in 1911, offers a good view of the ornate depot. The depot was completed and ready for use in 1872, even before the new rail line was finished between Huntington and Richmond, Va. The first train from Richmond...Read more
'Wish You Were Here' Postcards from bygone era become keepsakesChambersburg Public Opinion, March 1st
According to Mike Marotte, a local historian and postcard collector, Laughlin is a favorite of many collectors. Companies recognized the advertising opportunities of the inexpensive postcard. The Franklin Repository and the Public Opinion often printed...Read more
TWO FOR TEXAS: Two Antique Postcard and Paper Shows Coming Soon to TexasPR Web (press release), February 11th
This annual postcard show involves buyers and sellers bringing nearly a million antique postcards for sale, as well as buying collections and accumulations, and providing appraisals of most all vintage postcards, old photographs, and paper ephemera...Read more