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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Highbrow Magazine, July 3rd

An exhibit under glass incorporates hundreds of antique postcards of civil buildings and in another hallway, a cut and paste poetry exhibit gives each visitor their turn at finding their own muse. On the day I attended, a panel on “Shifting Sands: New...Read more

Waldo County Fourth of July events
Republican Journal, July 3rd

Courtesy of: Belfast Museum Postcard Collection A real Yankee Doodle Dandy — this historic photo shows a boy, born July 4, in colonial costume on his rocking horse. To celebrate the Fourth of July, a number of Waldo County Towns are hosting a variety...Read more

Postcards Revisited: Decades on, the soul of Salthill prom remains intact
Irish Times, July 2nd

And yet here, right in front of me, is pretty much the same scene as in the vintage postcard. It is like a little piece of retro magic. I stand there, lining up the view of the church tower, and the distinctive pitched-gable house book-marking a line...Read more

Wedron history project a consuming passion
The Times (subscription), July 2nd

She also has assembled a collection of photographs and around 90 vintage postcards she has found of Wedron locations including the vacation spot known at different times as Sulphur Lick Springs Hotel and St. Joseph's Health Resort. But she still is on...Read more

Rochester woman is LNA of the Year
Foster's Daily Democrat, July 2nd

When she's not working with her clients, Stickles likes to collect vintage postcards from Rochester and do crafts such as card making. The LNA of the Year award is chosen by nominations put up from the 39 private and non-profit home care agencies that ...Read more

Videocon Industries's Anirudh Dhoot does not take his passion for postcard ...
Economic Times, July 2nd

Equipped with smartphones and selfie sticks, all travellers are now professional photographers. And with that, the postcard as a photographic memory of a holiday has become a thing of the past. But not for Anirudh Dhoot , director, Videocon Industries...Read more

Vintage postcard exhibit in Wickenburg
azcentral.com, June 30th

1 CONNECT 2 TWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. Bill Green has spent decades collecting vintage postcards about Wickenburg, but until now, he's never had them in an exhibit. "Wish You Were Here: Bill Green's Wickenburg Postcards" at the Desert ...Read more

Next 250th tours: Iced tea, scones, vintage postcards
Conway Daily Sun, June 3rd

CONWAY — The latest "Conway Celebrates Legacy" 250th anniversary guided bus tours were very well-attended, with full busloads in North Conway and Redstone this past Saturday, May 30. A big thank you to Dale and Jean Hamilton, who led the morning ...Read more