• 10
    Dec

Postcard Time Machine: Christmas—The Way it Never Was

These days, I hear people bemoaning the commercialization of the holiday season. At least once during Black Friday, there’s a tale on the news of a shopper being trampled by a thundering horde galloping toward a big sale. But in the wonderful world of postcards, there are never any arguments or disagreements, worries about money […]

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  • 13
    Aug

Novelty Postcards offer a World of Collectible Opportunities

According to the dictionary, “novelty” is the quality of being new, original, or unusual. And so it is with novelty postcards. We’re used to seeing pictures on postcards. They can be photographs, artist renderings of familiar scenes or products of their imaginations, holiday or birthday greetings, cartoons or scenes from places around the world. But […]

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  • 10
    Jun

The Postcard Time Machine: The Mermaids of Weeki Wachee

Mermaids have captured the hearts of men, women and children worldwide for thousands of years, from the first stories in 1000 B.C. to the animated version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Mermaids are very sought-after by postcard collectors, and some of the most interesting ones are those from Weeki Wachee Spring, Fla. Although […]

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  • 13
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: Going Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Whether we’re Irish or just Irish at heart, we all know that on March 17 we should wear something green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Our thoughts of this international celebration of everything Irish turn to green beer and parades. If you’re Irish-American, the holiday is both religious and festive, including special foods such as […]

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  • 13
    Feb

The Postcard Time Machine: Vintage Valentine Postcards have Heart

The first mailed valentine was postmarked in 1806 in England. By the end of the 1800s, fancy valentines adorned with lace, ribbons, hearts and Cupids were all the rage. Mass-produced greeting cards, then postcards, followed. And, as they say, the rest is history. Before we get to postcard valentines, let’s review the history of the […]

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  • 13
    Nov

The Postcard Time Machine: Postcard Producers Played on Leather’s Uniqueness

What do you do when there’s lots of competition? Make something completely different! That’s what publishers did during the postcard boom of the early 1900s. All kinds of interesting materials were used in order to pique the interest of a buyer over competitors. One of these different materials was leather. Starting in 1903, postcards made […]

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  • 6
    May

Mother’s Day, Moms and Tattoos: An American Tradition

As Mother’s Day approaches, and sons and daughters are considering what to get Mom as a gift, many will decide that the perfect gift for the woman who gave them life is to commemorate their love with a “mom” tattoo. Phil Colvin, the owner of Memorial Tattoo in Atlanta, has been a tattoo artist for […]

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  • 17
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: The Dionne’s Miracle Quintuplets

On May 28, 1934 a young farm wife in the back woods of northern Ontario, Canada, gave birth to identical quintuplets two months prematurely. From oldest to youngest, Yvonne, Annette, Cecile, Emilie and Marie would bring joy and lift spirits during the years of the Great Depression, save northern Ontario’s economy, appear in movies and […]

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  • 11
    Mar

St. Patrick’s Day: Another Excuse to Collect!

As an Irish person—living in Ireland—let me relay the bad news/set the record straight: we don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Aside from having the day off work, it’s a slight non-entity. Yes, you have people who use the day to drink themselves silly in the many pubs around the country (mainly because they have […]

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  • 3
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: How About Those Quiz Kids?

The Quiz Kids were part of American culture for many years. In a time when children were to be seen and not heard, the entire country listened to them, secretly proud to now and then know a quiz answer themselves. Today’s gifted children owe their acceptance to these Kids, who changed public sentiment from seeing […]

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