Henry Rinn Jr. loved roaming Baltimore streets in the late 1800s. With his penchant for photography and unusual perspective, Rinn left a legacy of 250 collectible vintage postcards and much, much more. His first series of black-and-white picture postcards started in 1898. Read More +
According to legend, the first Valentine greeting was sent by St. Valentine himself. Vintage Valentines are popular with collectors, who enjoy visuals and whimsical themes. Displayed singly or framed in a montage, vintage Valentines add a touch of retro charm to any décor and are guaranteed to rekindle plenty of nostalgic memories. Read More +
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 +
Feb. 7, 2012 is a big day for admirers of Charles Dickens. It’s the 200th anniversary of his birth in 1812. As a postcard subject, Dickens is a rewarding challenge. By the early 1900s, he was a national icon in Britain and appeared in many highly collectible sets. Read More +
Celebrate Veteran’s Day 2011: One of the most poignant ways vintage postcards tell a story is the fate of veterans who served their country at the highest cost to themselves and families. Read More +
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 +
Between Napoleon’s attempt to conquer Egypt and Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1924, the country became the ultimate traveler’s destination. Fortunately, not every tourist could afford to ship a mummy or a priceless artifact home. For those with greater scruples or less cash, postcards hit the racks in the early 1900s.
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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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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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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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