• 9
    May

German World War II Art Published as Waffen SS-Approved Postcards

The postcard series Austellung Deutsche Kuenstler und die SS has its origins in an exhibition held under the same name in Salzburg (formerly in Austria) in June and July of 1944. It is a continuation of the propaganda campaign that produced the Deutsche Kuenstler und Die SS series, which is covered in another article. As […]

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  • 10
    Apr

Living the Amish Life—On Postcards

Mainstream Americans have always found the lifestyle of Amish people fascinating. Perhaps it’s because the Amish dress differently. Maybe it’s astonishment that whole communities can live, work and play without modern conveniences such as cars, televisions and computers. And it could be the language the Amish speak—a German-based dialect called Pennsylvania Dutch, mixed with English. […]

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  • 6
    Apr

Hitting a Circus Jackpot at Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

This year I hit the jackpot in my on-going quest to add to my collection of circus memorabilia. Each March, for most of the past 32 years, I’ve attended the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, Fla., searching for new items to expand my collection. The past three years I’ve written WorthPoint articles about […]

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  • 22
    Mar

Spring is the Time to Hop on Easter Collectibles

A time of bunnies bearing eggs is just one tradition of Easter. Many religions have been celebrating early spring as a time of renewal, warmth and new life. It is a social festival involving bonfires, baskets, food, family, community and faith all around the world. So, while the traditions have been handed down for millennia, […]

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  • 20
    Mar

About Face: There’s a Collectible Postcard for Every Expression

Postcard collectors often say that we collect whatever strikes our fancy. “Ummm,… I’ll know it when I see it,” is a phrase often heard at postcard shows. Every once in a while, I see a face that brings a particular character trait to life for me. A clear word springs to mind, and the postcard […]

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  • 3
    Mar

Artists’ Propaganda Depict Heroic Images of German Military and Home Life

The postcard series Deutsche Kuenstler und die SS has is origins in a propaganda campaign of the same name that first manifested itself as a publication in early 1944. Some of the art is from Waffen SS war reporters, while others are from non-military artists. The images run from graphic portrayals of soldiers, combat and […]

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  • 12
    Feb

Auction House, Damaged by Sandy, Returns with Toy, Book, Memorabilia Sales

LYNBROOK, N.Y.— Three auctions have been scheduled for February and March featuring historical memorabilia, rare books, stamps, and coins hosted by Phillip Weiss Auctions. The sales represent the return to live sales for the firm, which was displaced when its Oceanside, N.Y., building was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy and the company was forced to vacate […]

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  • 23
    Jan

Beware of Fakes, Forged Winterhilfswerk Postcard Series ‘Police in Poland’

The postcard series Police in Poland was issued as a War Winter Help to aid the German people in the winter of 1939-40 and consists of a wrapper and six postcards. The wrapper is light brown with green printing. The printing of the front reads “Polizei in Polen” (Police in Poland), below which is a […]

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  • 15
    Aug

States Poke Fun at Themselves Through Postcards

Looking for a fun collection that won’t break the bank? Or something for your children to collect? State humor postcards can be found in gas stations, airports and local shops, in addition to postcard shows and on online collecting sites. While linen (1940s) and older cards can be pricier, modern chromes can easily be found […]

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  • 6
    Jun

My Little Collection — Postcards Featuring ‘Little People’

My favorite postcard collection involves “freak show” performers, who appeared in circuses and carnivals. And the cards I show most often are those of little people. Tiny people, whose proportions are just like ours, have always been a source of amazement . . . and sometimes amusement. Circus impresario P.T. Barnum coined the term “midget” […]

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