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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13 things to know about historic Grymes Hill on Staten Island's North ShoreStaten Island Advance - SILive.com, October 19th
(SIIAS Hugh Powell Postcard Collection). The property was acquired by Wagner College in 1918, when the school relocated to Grymes Hill, and the three-story mansion is now Cunard Hall on the East Campus. Cunard built the home on Grymes Hill "so he ...Read more
Local history buffs, music lovers gather for third Ypsilanti Chautauqua at the ...Heritage Newspapers, October 19th
"Vintage Postcards from Ypsilanti, Michigan" featured a collection by local Lisa Mills Walters. The postcards will be on display in the lobby. The complete schedule of presentations included: - "Stevens T. Mason: The Boy Governor" by Don Faber; speech...Read more
Greater Chicago Antique Postcard & Paper Americana Show and Sale ...PR Web (press release), October 14th
In its 23rd year, organizers are anticipating hundreds of attendees over a two-day period when the Greater Chicago Antique Postcard & Paper Americana Show and Sale, offering vintage to modern collectible postcards, gets underway in Countryside Ill...Read more
Staggering collection of 54000 vintage postcards from around the world is unveiledDaily Mail, October 10th
Some of the postcards were collated in a book published in 2011, 'The World in Pocket-Size Format: The Adolf Feller Postcard Collection,' by Monika Burri. The tradition of sending postcards to loved ones back home is steadily declining. Fewer than one ...Read more
Check out these amazing vintage postcardsWPTZ The Champlain Valley, October 8th
Some of the best postcards have been gathered in a book, "The World in Pocket-Size Format: The Adolf Feller Postcard Collection," by Monika Burri. It's available from Swiss company Scheidegger and Spiess. World Post Day celebrates the creation of the...Read more
Buttercross: Postcard collection is a tour of Swaffham's pastLynn News, October 3rd
One has just arrived and thanks are due to Betty and Norman Smith for making me aware of the Swaffham to Fakenham book of postcards, described by the author as “a portrait in old picture postcards .” The author is Gerald Lamont, who appears to have ...Read more
Being a postcard collector…The Hindu, September 28th
It was perhaps his keen interest in people and places; their physical environments – natural and manmade- as well as customs, pastimes and amusements that spurred Attada Babu Rao to take to deltiology (an official term for collecting and studying ...Read more
History Comes To Life In Postcard CollectionWWNY TV 7, September 17th
Retired Lyme Central School Superintendent Bilkey Moore is a deltiologist, a person who collects postcards. He has been accumulating them for the last 30 years. On Wednesday. he shared his passion for postcards and the stories behind them with visitors...Read more