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Postcards About Postcards

"Postcards About Postcards" can be a fun and interesting topic to collect. There are some rare and/or expensive types of postcards that are included in this topic. Old postcards advertising postcard shops or publishers and real photo postcards are among the more expensive cards, but there also are many lower priced greeting postcards that can be found. Examples exist throughout the postcard eras, from early twentieth century to modern.

The French published many sets made up of photo models in various situations, some of which were about postcards. My favorite is this little girl with a giant postcard.

The next postcard is from a set of six published by B. B. London that feature a a tall red British mailbox. Although old greeting postcards about postcards aren't really rare, they are scarce enough that I am willing to accept more damage than I would on view or holiday postcards.

The next postcard is an American card from an unidentified series. Like many "postcards about postcards," it also fits into the topics of "mailboxes" and "writing reminders" (which I also collect).

The next postcard was published by Bergman and dated 1913, back when many postcards only cost one cent.

The next postcard was published by F. A. Owen of Dansville, N. Y. The Birthday wishes were added by the sender who sent the card in 1917.

My collection also includes "postcards about postcards" that mention cards, but don't have pictures of postcards. this one was mailed in 1911.

The next postcard is a WWII era military comic by E. C. Kropp Co. The postcard illustrated is a reduced size copy of the regular Kropp postcard back.

There was a time when postcards were available with all sorts of sayings--but probably not just "phooey." The 'SAY IT WITH POST CARDS" card is a linen comic made by Tichnor and mailed in 1949.

The Post Card Collectors Club published postcards on a variety of topics in the late 1940s and early 1950s. This one shows their logo and has club advertising on the back, offering among other things a life membership, 24 free post cards, and a copy of their 1949 year book for $1.00. Deltiology is the study and collection of postcards.

The Windy City Post Card Club of Chicago published a chrome name band postcard made by Dexter in 1958. This particular card was sent to welcome a new club member in 1961. The cards were initially sold to club members for distribution to their friends at the rate of 25 for $1.00.

Postcard collectors are called deltiologists. The Graduate Deltiologist postcard is another chome postcard made by Dexter ©D.P./59. The border is made up of names of postcard clubs of the time.

Another Dexter postcard shows the company's own post card truck.The back of the card has a form for an Advertising Show attendee to fill out.

The next postcard advertises Prudential Insurance Company of America. It appears to have been published circa 1957. The postcard depicted has a picture of the Wawona Tree in California. It is "addressed" to a Prudential Agent and praises "that wonderful Prudential retirement policy" that enabled a vacation trip.

I found the next postcard when I was searching for postcards of "hold-up" bears. This big, brown bear is greeting the Postcard Man in his truck, unaware that his picture in turn will be sending greetings to people all over the world.

The next postcard shows a postcard stand at the 1968 world's Fair Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas.

A 1970s Hallmark postcard spells POST CARD in large colorful letters.

Coralie Dixon Sparre showed off her "POST CDS" California license plate on the next card. It is © "Coral-Lee" 1981 Sparre Photos. Coral-Lee issued many postcards documenting the main events of the Carter and Reagan presidencies.

A Columbus, Ohio postcard has a collage of postcards of local attractions.

The next five postcards are modern ones that I bought in retail stores when the cards were current. The first is an Aquavision postcard titled "Miss You Honey" ©1980.

Hallmark sold the next postcard in Hallmark Stores back when the stores included a rack of Hallmark postcards on a variety of mainly cute and humorous topics, ©1987. The woman pictured is Elvira, "Mistress of the Dark."

The next postcard is © 1987 by Carol Wilson Fine Arts and has a Robert Cavey Cartoon.

Next is a 1980s black and white comic by the artist Seth Feinberg. He also drew other comics on postcard subjects. © Seth Feinberg's "No Danger to the Public Postcards."

Cartwheel Co. published this Minnesota license plate postcard.

Connecticut was not the only place where one could only afford half a post card.

Penrod/Hiawatha Company published this postcard featuring a rack of the company's postcards. The back has advertising for an April 1987 gift show.

GoCards Postcard Advertising advertised itself as "the #1 Postcard Advertising Company in the U.S. with . . . postcard racks virtually everywhere you can imagine."

The Curt Teich Postcard Archives at the Lake County Museum, Wauconda, Il have sold several postcards about the Curt Teich Company's postcards.

The Paris postcard was received from a Postcrossing member who knew I liked "postcards about postcards."

I have designed some postcards about postcards myself to send to Postcrossing members. One has old Minneapolis postcards from my postcard collection. The card arrangement is based on an old European multiview postcard.

Another is based on an old French postcard. This one has been quite popular, receiving many 'favorite" votes.

This has been a sampling of some of my favorite "postcards about postcards" from my collection. Other types of postcards that fit into this topic are regular postcards with distributor/publisher advertising on the back, National Post Card Week cards, and advetisements for postcard shows and dealers.



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