Recollections by Founding Member Larry Seymour, edited by Hal Ticknor III
The Dallas Metroplex Postcard Club was started on June 11, 1983, as a neighboring club to the Cowtown Postcard Club in Fort Worth, started in 1954. Jack Thornhill Sr., founded the club along with James McMillin, founder of the first postcard club in Texas, The Lone Star Postcard Club and then The Cowntown Club. 33 other postcard dealers and collectors of cards, met at the George Dealey Recreation Center to organize the non-profit club, June 11. Of the 35 present, June 11, Larry Seymour is the only member still very active with the club. Sadly Jack Thornhill Sr. passed way earlier this year and James McMillin passed way several years ago.
The first official club meeting was held September 21, 1983, at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center. Meetings have also been held 3 times in a church, in member’s homes for special holiday parties and at the Farmers Branch Library for 15 years. The club now meets at Timberglen Recreation Center, 3810 Timberglen Road, Dallas, Texas 75287, on the second Saturday of every month at 1p.m. No meetings are held in July and August. Club membership is currently 60.
There have been 15 Club sponsored postcard shows and sales inviting dealers from across the country to sell their cards. For the shows, Club members prepare postcard exhibit boards that display their cards, featuring a variety of subjects. Jack Thornhill Sr. organized the shows for many years. Show promoter Jim Taylor started handling the shows in the year 2000 and since then there have been two per year in the Dallas area. The first one each year is co-hosted by the club. Information about the shows can be obtained by calling 888-451-0340, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Jim Taylor’s website: www.courthousesquare.net.
There have been lots of extra special postcard presentations at the meetings prepared by members sharing their postcard interests and knowledge of what they collect. There are show and tell sessions helping everyone learn more about values and general information about postcards. Also buying, selling, trading and giving away cards sessions are included a couple of times a year. No one has ever regretted getting involved with the club.
Joining the Dallas Club or any postcard club is educational, informative and fun. It is unbelievable how many postcards relate to and parallel other collecting interests.
There is a postcard for anything you can think of and probably many places and cities you have visited. There is an annual membership roster, listing all members and their collecting interests. A free reference library is available as well. For more information visit the club website at www.dallaspostcardclub.org.