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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Ask him about history, he'll say it's in the cards
The Riverdale Press, April 23rd

Thomas Casey of the Kingsbridge Historical Society shows his postcard collection. Each post card depicts. Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press. Thomas Casey of the Kingsbridge Historical Society shows his postcard collection. Each post card depicts a time...Read more

Sweetwater Paper & Home expands with second location
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 23rd

Among the Walla Walla items is a new exclusive dish towel feature the image of a girl on horseback taken from a vintage postcard. One dollar from the sale of each $14.95 towel will be donated to the Fort Walla Walla Museum. Tra Vigne operates seven...Read more

Postcards of town showcased in book
Montrose Review, April 23rd

'Montrose: The Postcard Collection' showing 170 postcards from Montrose and the surrounding villages, Hillside and Ferryden, has been put together by local man Tom Valentine. The postcards are from Tom's personal collection and a show a range of...Read more

Town Of Orleans Looking For Historical Items
WBIW.com, April 23rd

Henderson said some items being sought for the collection include any type of film, old period photographs, letters, vintage postcards, books, newspapers and clippings, documents, items related to the early families or individuals, obits, advertising...Read more

Saint Andrew's marks first service
StarNewsOnline.com, April 22nd

Elaine Blackmon Henson is a long time communicant of St. Andrews on-the-Sound and local history buff and postcard collector. The StarNews welcomes and will consider publishing articles contributed by readers. They should be 400 words or less and ...Read more

Putnam mourns Denis Castelli, historian and Vietnam vet
The Journal News | LoHud.com, April 21st

He was always ready to share his knowledge, which rested on a foundation ranging from his massive postcard collection of local scenes to an appreciation of the preservationists who came before him. Politics didn't get in the way of his friendships. An...Read more

Local man's postcard collection captures history of the area
Morgan Messenger, April 16th

Looking at Berkeley Springs resident Gene Miller's postcard collection is like entering a time portal to the first half of the 20th Century. His antique postcards include views of Fairfax Street and Washington Street in Berkeley Springs with dirt roads...Read more

Annual Greater Chicago Antique Postcard & Paper Americana Show and Sale ...
PR Web (press release), April 1st

In its 23rd year, hundreds of attendees are anticipated over a two-day period when the Greater Chicago Antique Postcard & Paper Americana Show and Sale, produced by Courthouse Square Antique Postcards and offering vintage to modern collectible ...Read more