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Postcard Lots2 of 121970's Alaska Postcard Album1919- old postcards- Birmingham England.
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    Posted 6 years ago

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    I answered an ad from a seller who had "scraps" from vintage postcards. (Very reasonable price asked. ) for decoration, collage art, scrapbooking,etc so I sent the money and the packet arrived. Of course I expected the "scraps"---As a postcard collector' I handled them with some befuddledness ( new word) of mine and spirit because I have never seen such a thing as postcard scraps before (PHOTO #2)
    I keep my postcards with some damage, so O.K. I still find some charm in them especially if they happen to be important in some way such as famous artist renditions that are collectible' Then I says to me self, says I...Would I?, Could I ever take a batch of my cards , less that good plus, and with a scissors... do this?.
    This concerns ALL PAPER COLLECTORS---would YOU? could YOU_____________________________________________
    Along with the scraps which I laid out on my bed--I received a lot of really nice Whole, not cut up vinage cards--SEE # 1 PHOTO( there are more), and wonder if cards for scraps were cut from cards like this? And were they included---- so I could cut them? EEEK
    I am thinking about the thousands of paper collectibles that were used on scrapbooking! This is something I could never do! Altho the arrangement in photo #2, shows me they can be used as "art".
    But not by me.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    2. SpiritBear, 6 years ago
      Well, the simple answer is your own choosing based on this fact: You cannot undo what you will have done. The item is permanently lost.

      This sort of thing is just another passing fad that rises and falls with time. No real value beyond simple decoration, and something most serious collectors avoid. Unless the card is severely damaged (like, half is missing), I'd not consider destroying one.
      Most of what you collect in postcards has left the published world 80-110 years ago. They're seldom reproduced. They cannot be reproduced if destroyed. Like shabby chic furniture, they become worthless when modified from original (if not restored to originality).

      To my great horror, in an art competition I was in, the winning piece took antique books glued to a board in which the 'artist' then painted over them. I hated it. Permanently ruined! Worthless as a historical item-- the historical value being what means the most.
    3. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      Oh No I would never destroy a postcard to make what I agree SpiritBear is purely a decoration and no collector value and the history is lost .
    4. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 years ago
      Any more opinions on this subject??
    5. NutfieldHistory NutfieldHistory, 6 years ago
      I think it should be on a per item basis. There are thousands of pieces of ephemera that are common and/or completely worthless. Much of these are pieces that may otherwise be thrown out if it were not for its scrapbooking uses. I'd much rather see these pieces incorporated into a decorative project than discarded. I hear people condemn such things, but if they're not willing to purchase these "scraps" themselves, then I am not sure what their objection is.
    6. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 years ago
      Thank you for looking AdeleC!
    7. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 years ago
      I hope there will be more opinions on this subject--and I want to thank those who looked this post over!
    8. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 years ago
      I do feel that I can easily put those pieces on a lace doily a under glass arranged somewhat like I quickly laid out on my bed.and frame that. I got them already cut,,,and they are good for something I find I like to look at.
    9. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much for looking this over!!

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