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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Picture postcard views of Hartlepool on offer in first class new book
Hartlepool Mail, November 26th

“Our book describes and depicts the intriguing story of the two towns and the people who worked the fish quays, shipyards and steel mills.” l Hartlepool: The Postcard Collection is published at £14.99 by Amberley Publishing and features postcards from...Read more

Thanksgiving Postcards: 'The Classic Thanksgiving Meal: Turkey with all of the ...
Wicked Local Wellesley, November 25th

The Wellesley Historical Society Greeting Card and Picture Postcard Collection contains many fine examples of these early cards, dating from 1908 to 1912. Many of the Thanksgiving cards in the society's collection depict turkeys. Fowl has long been a ...Read more

Deck the Hall ready to enthrall holiday visitors to Stan Hywet
Akron Beacon Journal, November 25th

Stan Hywet facilities technician Joe Ott created the window, basing its design on a vintage postcard of the triangular Flatiron Building that once stood at Main and Howard streets. Ott was asked to create the window after building a replica of Cedar...Read more

Lost Huntington: The Day and Night Bank
Huntington Herald Dispatch, November 25th

Postcard courtesy James E. Casto This vintage postcard, mailed in 1923, shows the former Day and Night Bank and the adjacent Elks Club and Orpheum Theater. Editor's note: This is the 106th in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington landmarks...Read more

Artist realizes long sought after dream
Clearwater Gazette, November 25th

Pistillo started working on the project, which will have a vintage postcard theme and for which she is not making a dime and is using paints donated by residents, fellow artists, Facebook followers and even Largo city officials, early last week. She...Read more

'Let the merry breezes blow' - Reduced to ashes, Joe Hill still inspires
Salt Lake Tribune, November 23rd

a group of people at the Work People's College in Duluth, Minnesota singing as they prepare to spread the ashes of Joe Hill at the entrance to the school in February 1917. The Stan Sanders Utah Postcard Collection, courtesy Ken Sanders Rare Books...Read more

Stamp of approval for vintage postcard views of Hartlepool
Hartlepool Mail, November 19th

perhaps, the picture of Grange Road which really highlights on-going changes – from the lack of cars, to the glimpse of a long-gone trolley bus. l Look out next week for a peek at Paul and Stan's new book, Hartlepool The Postcard Collection. It has...Read more

Postcard collector will speak
Glens Falls Post-Star, November 2nd

A postcard of the former Blue Mill Restaurant from the collection of Andrea Matte is seen. Learn the location and information about the restaurant when Matte gives a talk about local postcards at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Chapman Historical Museum in Glens...Read more