• 10
    Jan

Postcard Time Machine: Life of the Tlingits of Canada and Alaska

Every so often I come across a set of postcards that captivates me. While the value of the set may not be more than $20, it’s the subject matter and the artistic rendering that make the grouping so lovely. That was the case with these cards, part of a set of Tlingit Legends from the […]

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  • 18
    Dec

A Day At Disney World—In Postcards

When Walt Disney World opened its gates in Orlando in 1971, I was 19 years old. Having traveled Florida’s byways since getting my driver’s license at 16, I’d become a fan of the mom-and-pop tourist attractions, roadside citrus stands and alligator-wrestling stops that peppered my home state. Most of them did not survive Disney’s onslaught […]

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  • 2
    Dec

Whiskey Making Collectibles a Legal Way to Remember Our Moonshining History

Aug. 10, 1958, just north of Blacksburg, Va.: The blue ’58 Ford sedan was hard to keep on the road. Moving at nearly 90 miles per hour and heavily loaded in the back, the car’s front tires weren’t making good contact with the pavement, causing the vehicle to “dance” over the winding and hilly mountain […]

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  • 12
    Oct

Postcard Time Machine: All the Single Ladies

These days most young women know that they can get an education and launch a fulfilling career they enjoy. They can choose to marry or not, have children or not and be self-sufficient. The course of their lives depends mostly upon themselves—not upon getting married to a man to take care of them. That was […]

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  • 24
    Sep

Postcard Time Machine: Remembering More Stars of TV and Film

Postcards of famous people have always been popular. In addition to historical figures, authors and kings and queens, postcards celebrate our favorite entertainers as well. These performers gave back to the world, broke barriers and created much of the foundation of today’s entertainment. Take a walk into the past through these postcards, and remember how […]

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  • 13
    Sep

The Postcard Time Machine: Remembering Classic Television Stars

Postcards preserve the past and, like photographs, remind us of people we miss. In this stroll down the memory lane of TV stardom, we’ll take a look at some favorites who are no longer with us. Lucile Ball and Desi Arnez Whether you love Lucy or not, “I Love Lucy” was the most popular sitcom […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Collecting the Uncollectible: Items that are Taboo to Some Pique the Interest of Others

As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy approaches, one of the last available possessions associated with the event is up for sale. In Boston this October, Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding band will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Experts estimate it will bring $30,000 to $50,000. When I first read an […]

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  • 17
    Jul

More on Novelty Postcards: Out of the Ordinary

In my last two articles, we looked at several different categories of novelty postcards, including mechanicals, add-ons, postcards that serve other purposes and postcards made from unusual materials. In this final article about novelty cards, let’s explore even more out-of-the-ordinary postcards. Novelty postcards of certain types are particularly hard to find and even harder to […]

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  • 21
    Jun

More on Novelty Postcards: Attached Add-On Cards

Is simply looking at pictures on postcards becoming humdrum? Maybe it’s time to investigate some more of the many categories included under the general heading of “novelty postcards.” One of the more unusual topics to collect is add-ons. This refers to postcards with material attached to the card itself. You may have seen some of […]

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  • 23
    May

Indianapolis 500 Push Collectibles into High Gear

The Indianapolis 500, often referred to, as the Indy 500, is an annual race held on Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motors Speedway (IMS). The 500-mile race was first held in 1911 and is heralded as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” With its history, tradition and world-class drivers, the 500 provides collectors with numerous […]

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