Postcards (sometimes spelled out in two words as "post cards") 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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In days gone by, the most interesting-to-trawl flea market in Singapore was the Sungei Road Thieves Market, a footpath-hugging hodge-podge of vendors selling everything from second-hand shoes to war medals, vintage postcards and old television remote ...Read more

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A vintage postcard shows the fountain at Lakeview Cemetery. (Photo: Courtesy Friends of Lakeview Cemetery). Intended only for funeral service use, little maintenance was given to the building. Over time, with the increasing popularity of funeral homes...Read more

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Pat Egan keeps this framed antique postcard from the McCormick Distillery by his desk. He's the president of the local chamber of commerce, and compares the distillery potential to the boost Weston has received from its winery and tobacco producers...Read more

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Georgetown College News, October 1st

Howell, LaRue County attorney, noted Lincoln scholar and historian, and vintage postcard collector has produced a full-color 200-page volume that offers readers a written and pictorial look at Kentucky as it was over 100 years ago. ... According to the...Read more

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Toledo Blade, September 28th

The mural by Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs is part of a nationwide project, leaving murals inspired by vintage postcards in various cities across the country. The artists, who live in New York, have painted murals in Jersey City; Canton; Coney Island, N.Y...Read more

Letter: Protect, preserve Curt Teich Postcard Collection
Chicago Tribune, September 17th

16, about Lake County Discovery Museum sending the Curt Teich Postcard Collection to the University of Illinois is much too polite to express what a horrible idea this is. Our mutual capacity to drink deeply from full foamy flagons of stupidity is...Read more

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PR Web (press release), September 16th

Large crowds of enthusiastic collectors are anticipated when the Annual Fall Dallas Metro Antique Postcard & Paper Americana Show and Sale hits Plano, TX, Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10. This is the 2015 Edition of the Dallas Metro Postcard Fall ...Read more

Rutter: Ditching Teich postcard collection would be an eternal regret for Lake ...
Chicago Tribune, September 15th

This postcard is part of the Curt Teich Postcard Archives exhibit at the Lake County Discovery Museum. This postcard is part of the Curt Teich Postcard Archives exhibit at the Lake County Discovery Museum. (Lake County Dicovery Museum)...Read more