Large letter postcards getting attention

At long last large letter postcards are getting the attention they deserve.

The impressive volume provides a sweeping look at more than 2,300 colorful large letter greetings-related postcards of yesteryear.

Clearly large letter greetings-type postcards were in use in the United States by the early 1900s. However as the authors point out a list of all the large letter postcards “could run into the tens of thousands.” Instead the book centers on the so-called classic age from the early 1930s to the middle 1950s.

Chapters in the volume include 50 scarce large letter postcards, 50 graphically appealing large letter postcards, and manufacturers. Still an additional section provides such postcards by states along with current values.

Interestingly the authors indicate that many postcard manufacturers did not keep the necessary records to construct their listing of hundreds of postcards. Instead, “it had to be done through acquisition with some postcards taking years to obtain.”

The co-authors have considerable experience in the postcard field. Tenney is a long time buyer and seller of such large letter postcards. Hilbert has collected postcards since early childhood.

Large Letter Postcards: The Definitive Guide 1930s to 1950s by Fred Tenney and Kevin Hilbert, 160 pages, hardcover, $39.99 from Schiffer Publishing, 4880 Lower Valley Rd., Atglen, PA 19310.


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