I stumbled over a blog post by someone detailing a few bits and pieces of their postcard collection. As if I had a choice on whether to read it or not!
I am a deltiologist. I collect postcards. I have since I was 11 years old. Currently in my collection I have around 600 or so (give or take). Typically I don’t buy every one I see or even every one I like as I have my own standards:
- I’m into view cards – and I have a very strong preference on these. I prefer them to be of something interesting (landscape or historic building) with the words of the location printed onto it on the front. And a postcard of a Motel 6 doesn’t do it for me, the place as well as the photo have to be interesting.
- I also have a strong preferfence for city views over nature.
- I don’t like greeting card ones, animals or art cards. Though I do like postcards of art pieces I have seen in museums and such. Yes a double standard, no I don’t care.
- I collect a range of years. Anything pre-1970 (or so) and anything mid-1990s and newer. For some reason I don’t like the cards produced in those middle years. I don’t know why.
- I have a strong preference for places outside this country. USA is cool don’t get me wrong but International is what I love best.
- I don’t collect for value. I don’t give a fly hoot on condition, rarity or anything else about the price of the card. I collect for what is *on* them and things I enjoy looking at.
- I’ve never sold a card nor will I ever sell a card.
- I always buy all the cards I can at an airport or hotel if i’m staying anywhere. And I love when friends send some or bring some back when they go somewhere!
I belonged to Postcrossing for several years (still do I just don’t send cards out anymore). It was a load of fun but the cost of stamps and getting cards not to mention mailing them wore on me. I got tired of doing it so I quit. I may go back. After all I still have about 30 postcards stashed to send out. These are mostly ones I received via Postcrossing though I did mix in some I received from friends or picked up myself when travelling. I framed these in 2007 or 2008 so maybe it’s time to update or add a few more frames.
Japan. I want to go here so badly one day. Sent from an online friend a few years ago. I have more in my scrapbook.
Most of my current collection. Though I am missing a rather large chunk of them that I think I put away in a safe place and now can’t find. They include a couple of trips I went on, cards I picked up during high school, some from my grandmother’s collection when she passed and a few I picked up in stores. I’ll find them. I hope so anyway. Sigh. Serves me right for not figuring out a storage system until a few years ago. It was pure laziness and unwillingness to organize.
I also have a few dozen on scrapbook pages and in other frames around my apartment. I didn’t want to clutter this post with dozens of photos so I kept it simple. But these all fit in a shoebox. Gotta love that about collecting something flat!
My favorites are always the wide nighttime city views from somewhere – Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, London, Paris, etc.
These are for our wedding guestbook. I may still need more. I dunno yet. All vintage Las Vegas or Nevada postcards (with a Hoover Dam thrown in too). Not as easy to find as I would have thought.
I will always collect postcards. Twenty years of doing it already why stop now? They make me too happy to stop!
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