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Groans and Grins: Collecting Punny Postcards

  Many postcard collectors have serious collections. They’re interested in preserving home town history, amassing and cataloguing every postcard printed by a particular publisher or studying the changes in technology over time. But sometimes, postcards are just plain fun! Collecting humorous cards that tickle your fancy is a great hobby. A wide array of comic […]

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Postcards Chronicle Fascinating History of the House of David

House of David postcards have always been highly collectible. Most of its subjects are “multiples” (fitting into more than one postcard topic), and eras range from pre-1920s through the linen era. Common views of the residences in the commune and scenes at Eden Park & Zoo can be found in the $4-$5 range, while real […]

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Reproduction Postcards: How to Spot the Copies from the Real McCoy

Postcards, like many other antiques, can be reproduced, and some repros are very hard to spot. Since one of the primary factors in a postcard’s value is its age, repros have little monetary value. In spite of that, they may be desired by some collectors due to their subject matter. Like fine art, some cards […]

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How Old Is That Postcard? Tips on Gauging When Postcards Were Produced

Postcard collectors have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to quickly approximating, with just a quick glance, when cards were produced. With a little practice, you can do it too. Although the very earliest postcards were sent in the 1860s, picture postcards began a bit later. Postcard collectors always refer to the […]

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Three Keys to Judging the Value of Antique and Vintage Postcards

Just last week I received a phone call from my friend Janet, who told me that her Great-Aunt Molly just gave her “a bunch of old postcards” that she had collected over the years. “Are they valuable?” Janet wanted to know. Of course, without looking at a collection, it’s impossible to assess its value. But […]

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Know Your America: Geography through Souvenir Pottery, Plates and the Rest

From lovely plates and delicate pitchers to decorative trinket boxes and figural animals, souvenir pottery was proudly displayed in American homes for decades. Today, many of the more interesting pieces—such as a plate honoring the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition or a ceramic dog labeled Wheatland, Wyoming—are the subject of renewed interest among the current generation of collectors. […]

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Dating Your Vintage Photographs (1840 – 1900) Part 1: Image Formats

Many people inherit photographs of generations of ancestors and struggle with frustrations of identifying exactly who is in each photo. Understanding the time periods for certain image formats can help tremendously, though. It narrows the probable window for a portrait and thus helps determine how many “greats” to add to that unknown uncle! History: Optical […]

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Valentine’s Warm and Fuzzy Story

The obligatory giving of flowers, candy and cards often makes Valentine’s Day—supposedly a holiday for celebrating true love—seem like just another example of consumerism gone mad. But collectors can take heart. With more cards, candy tins and cuddly teddy bears on the marketplace than you can shake a cupid’s arrow at, Valentine’s Day keepsakes are […]

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’Tis the season

Ahh, the wonderful holiday season. Good cheer. Good parties. Mistletoe. Eggnog. Also the time to reach out and say hi to friends and family. This year, save some money for the other good part of the season-gift giving-by sending a virtual card instead of a traditional snail-mail one. Click here and choose an exquisite and […]

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Giving Thanks for Vintage Cards

Thanksgiving is one of America’s most traditional holidays. But unlike Christmas, which features ornaments and snow globes, and the Fourth of July, which is festooned with flags and militaria, the nation’s annual harvest feast is associated with fewer collectibles.

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