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10 Nov 2014
08:30:14pm
What is the general feeling regarding listing postcards in the "Covers and Postcards" category of approvals ? Many stamp collectors collect postcards as collateral items to their collection and I have no problem listing those with stamps, cancellations, auxiliary markings, etc in this category, but how about mint cards with or without a historical link. I'm thinking here mainly places and buildings - not greeting cards.

In reading through the discussions it appears that it is allowable but if I missed something I don't want to list them if it's going to create a problem.

I would appreciate any comments or guidance from members.

Thanks,

Carol


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10 Nov 2014
09:06:32pm
re: Postcards

I collect postcards. Would love to see yours.

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Bobstamp
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10 Nov 2014
09:27:04pm
re: Postcards

I buy many postcards as, just as you say, collateral items. The postcards are used, so much the better — my favourites are those which were handed to passengers on propeller airliners in the 1940's and 1950's. The messages are usually along the lines of, "Hi Mom, my plane is 10,00 feet right over our neighbourhood. If I had a parachute I could jump right into your back yard and stay for lunch!"

All postcards have an "historical link," although the link may not be terribly historical or even interesting. And what is "historical" or "interesting"to me may not intrigue other collectors. For example, I would sacrifice a body part of my choice, not yours, for virtually any postcard showing Hanover, NM. There may not be another collector on the planet who would pay even a dime for a Hanover postcard.

I often search for postcards rather than stamps when I'm looking for something to illustrate a particular theme or event for my web pages and exhibits, so I would prefer to have postcards listed in a separate category in the Atamporama auctions and approvals.

Bob




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10 Nov 2014
10:29:45pm
re: Postcards

so, as you can see, consensus is that mint post card are just fine, as is mint postal stationary. list away. Seems you already have a captive audience


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philatelia
11 Nov 2014
12:16:13am
re: Postcards

I'd love to see Ireland Postcards! hint hint!!!

It might help us who search for specific areas if the postcards have a descriptive word in the title so they come up in the search. Thanks!

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11 Nov 2014
07:33:17am
re: Postcards

Thanks for all the responses, I will get busy and put a book together every once in awhile. My postcards are more of an unsorted accumulation so I will do the best I can on any specific requests but it may take a little while...

And thanks for the tip on making them "searchable" - I will keep that in mind when I write the descriptions.

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11 Nov 2014
11:34:17am
re: Postcards

If the postcards are used, a scan of both sides would be good, together with maybe the recipients name in the details as a lot of philatelists/genealogists would be more than delighted to find a card from an ancestor.

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11 Nov 2014
02:16:25pm
re: Postcards

Thanks, when I have sold stampless letters in the past I always put the surnames of the sender and recipient in the title (if readable and space permitting).

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26 Nov 2014
06:25:10pm
re: Postcards

I also collect postcards..mostly for the town cancel or postmark, or if the subject is pertaining to life in Mendocino County, Cal. Up till the if was added. Happy

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, here's three Thanksgiving cards and their postmarks. The first card sends Thanksgiving Greetings from Little River in 1908. Little River's Doane cancel, Type 2 2

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This next card brings Good Whishes for Thanksgiving Day from Prattville, Cal to Hardy, Cal, also 1908, It is an embossed ear of corn signed Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Surprisingly, the post marks printed fine on the embossed card, a little lopsided but clear. Happy


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This last card brings it all to the table! We've got a sparkely gold edge and our two pilgrams have gold buckles on their shoes, There's a red, white, and blue banner, and of course a turkey! And just for desert, it is postmarked with a very scarce postmark, Manzanita, Cal. Fortunatlly, the card didn't peel into the postmark when the stamp was peeled off. Sad

The file number on the postmarks is their Willaims California Town Postmarks number and rating, this last postmark is MEN(docino)2280 and is rated a 4. The Office was open three years.

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26 Nov 2014
11:52:28pm
re: Postcards

Very nice cards, thanks for sharing

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27 Nov 2014
01:35:19am
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Thank you. Trying to collect the postal history of a logging industry county doesn't yeild a lot of letters, but it seems a lot of loggers wives sent post cards when they became more common. The last card above, the card from Mananzita, hitched a ride on this train in order to get into the mail stream ( horse drawn stages in 1908 ),This is the Elk Creek Rail Road on the North Fork Tresle, over 130 feet high and 480 feet long. Just a teaser. Happy

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12 Jun 2019
09:20:57pm
re: Postcards

Here are two Uncle Sam Thanksgiving post cards I picked up at NAPEX. I guess this is a new topic I am looking for, Uncle Sam during the holidays.

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