Vendors say sales remain strong at San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair 2012

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For 24 years, the San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print and Paper Fair has drawn bibliophiles together to refine their collections. The fair was Feb. 4-5, 2012. The report from Fair exhibitors was positive. Rosemarie Rustico of San Francisco’s W C Antiques described the first day as “killer busy.” The second day was a bit easier (Super Bowl XLVI might have had something to do with that). Read More +

Indy Ad Show adding Friday preview, dropping Sunday

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More changes are coming to the Indy Antique Advertising Show beginning next year: a Friday afternoon preview/early buyers session followed by a one-day show on Saturday. Sundays have been dropped from the schedule. Promoters Bruce and Donna Weir, B&D Promotions, announced the change at the fall installment of the Indy Ad Show Sept. 24-25, 2011. Read More +

The stylized realism of Catharina Klein graces millions of postcards worldwide

Postcard collector Joseph Truskot noticed a certain name appearing more often than not among his favorite postcards: C. Klein. "Simple searches for ‘C. Klein’ produced more and more examples of astonishing output: flowers, birds, butterflies, fruit, and still lifes – all displaying her characteristic inventiveness." In this well-researched article on artist Catharina Klein we learn why her art reaches well beyond vintage postcards.
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ROYAL MANIA? A look back at Royals on postcards as William & Kate make history

The British royals are unique in their ability to grab headlines and generate excitement, especially for big events like births, anniversaries, coronations, birthdays, and above all, weddings. When an heir to the throne marries, it’s superstar time. Prince William, Charles and Diana’s handsome son, will marry his long-time girlfriend, Kate Middleton,today in Westminster Abbey.
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Street scene postcards illustrate urban development

Collectors love postcards picturing the small towns and villages of the early 20th century, especially real photographs. Shown left, this slice of life postcard is rather unusual in portraying a ghetto scene on the East Side of New York, one of the most densely populated areas of the city. The H.H. Tammen Co. published this view of an undesirable area of the city.
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Celebrate President’s Day in style with George Washington and vintage postcards

Does anyone celebrate President’s Day? There’s something so bland about the made-up holiday that it must pass most people without a flicker of interest. A century ago, George Washington’s birthday was a red-letter date. An impressive number of postcards were made and sold to celebrate his life and his birthday — so many that they’re still fairly easy to find.
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