From clothing and accessories to advertisements and even paper goods, vintage style has been holding our fascination for years now. In the digital world of instant gratification where we now live, we still love to look back on the simple beauty of slower times.
Whether you want to collect postcards or just find the best ones to send to friends and family, Country Woman – the #1 Country Lifestyle Magazine for women who live in or long for the country – brings us back with a look at vintage postcards, whose popularity swept the nation in the early 20th century.
· History: America went wild for postcards from 1907-1925. In 1908 alone, the U.S. Post Office reported delivering 678 million of them—at a time when population numbered just 89 million!
· Types of cards: Unlike the travel focus of today’s postcards, vintage postcards had illustrations that pictured all kinds of themes, from important events to sweet and silly images.
· Collectors of the past: Although postcards only cost a penny, people treasured them, mounting them in family photo albums or displaying them in frames or even special storage chests with pullout viewing drawers.
· Collectors today: You can find vintage post cards online and at flea markets, estate sales and antique malls. They’re filed by subject matter and prices and can range from $5 to $100 apiece.
· What to look for when collecting: Rare category, good condition, special treatment of paper, and a message or an artist’s signature can make a postcard more valuable.
Other ways to enjoy vintage postcards: Giving them away to antiques-loving friends, using them as place cards at a holiday dinner, or giving them out as party favors are great ways to share love using vintage postcards.
For more vintage postcard-collecting ideas from Country Woman, check it out here. You can download the latest digital version of Country Woman on the iPad, Nook, Kindle or any Android device.
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