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Posted by Kathie Meyer on 2000/11/26 00:19:17 US/Eastern

Mail art is enjoying a present popularity thanks to Nick Bantock, but postcards were cool long before "Griffin and Sabine".

Last year for Christmas, I gave my brother a vintage linen postcard of a family of horned toad lizards. I probably spent a dollar for the card found in an antique mall and not much more to frame it. My brother, who had a fixation on horned toads as a kid, was thrilled.

The official word for postcard collecting is "deltiology." This should be the part where I tell you all about the history of the postcard, how to determine it's date, and a lot of other fascinating things about postcards. But I am not an official deltiologist. I just like a good postcard when I see one. And so did my brother.

Despite this personal failing, I can point you to a web site where you can learn more about the history of postcards:

http://shilohpostcards.com/webdoc2.htm

Kathie Meyer

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Re: Postcards. Art Disguised as a Cheap Letter.
by Erin Barrett on 2000/11/26 21:50:05 US/Eastern

Hi, Kathie,

I hereby dub you our resident deltiologist, despite your protestations. (You're the closest thing I've ever seen.)

Questions: Do you think the Internet will be the death of this widespread hobby? And: How do postage rates throw off the collecting world, if at all?

Erin

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  • Re: Postcards. Art Disguised as a Cheap Letter.
    by Kathie Meyer on 2000/11/28 14:14:02 US/Eastern

    I don't think e-postcards will completely erase the market for paper postcards. What would you send Aunt Martha when you visit Harvard, Idaho? The postage rate is not a factor either, I don't think, because it's the card, not the stamp that attracts people.

    Hey, did you hear that E-Stamps is giving up on electronic postage? Not enough interest.

    Here's another thing you can do with postcards:

    Older coffee tables often have a place to set glass upon the wood top. Place postcards with images that indicate your interests or local geography underneath and you have a neat display.

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Re: Postcards. Art Disguised as a Cheap Letter.
by Aron S-T on 2000/11/28 12:27:35 US/Eastern

I know this is a shameless plug, but this is our web site after all. If you are interested in how postcard art is being reused ont he web visit:

http://www.sealingwax.com/category_view?style=Vintage

All these email cards are based on art from an extensive vintage postcard collection.

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  • Re: Postcards. Art Disguised as a Cheap Letter.
    by ShirleyUJest on 2000/11/29 18:32:38 US/Eastern

    Is it your vintage postcard collection, or someone who is a member here?

    -Shirl

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    • Re: Postcards. Art Disguised as a Cheap Letter.
      by Kathie Meyer on 2000/11/30 13:47:07 US/Eastern

      I'm not Aron S-T, but thought I'd share this site from the Postcard Traders Association:

      http://www.postcard.co.uk/

      Yesterday, I found out that there used to be a market for postcards depicting lynchings. Now that is the sickest thing I have heard in a long time.

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