Western New York Postcard Club

A Club For Collectors Of Vintage Postcards

Meetings are held via Zoom. Links are emailed to club members and guests.To request a link, please send an email to Michael Bloch.

January 16, 2023 – 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Curt Teich Postcards and Factory Representative G.I. Pitchford

Curt Teich postcards and western U.S. representative, G.I. Pitchford. Learn about how the cards were sold, created, colorized, manipulated and printed. Presentation by Jeffrey Meikle, author of the fantastic book, Postcard America.

February 13, 2023 – 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Postcards About Concrete Production

Presentation by Clarissa Ferraris, a postcard collector (deltiologist) since she was 15, when she found about 2,000 postcards in her grandfather’s attic in Italy. She has been involved in various clubs over the years, she is now the Vice President of the Capitol-Beltway Postcard Club (DC, Maryland, Virginia area). She has written and published some articles on postcards.  Her main interests in collecting are vintage postcards from Italy, Marche region and Naples, and Girl Scouts. She also collects modern postcards of political caricatures and events, including Covid or the pandemic. In addition, because of her long career in concrete research, she collects modern or vintage postcards of people at work with concrete and advertisements of concrete products. She participated in the NPCW 2021.  She now lives in Columbia, MD.

Clarissa will present her collection of postcards related to concrete production and explain how it all works!!  She would show a concrete ship and the construction of the Panama Canal, as well as homemade concrete mixers and much more.

March 13, 2023 – 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Presentation by Mark Jones of SM Postcards

Details to come

October 8, 2023

Annual Postcard Show And Sale

Millions of postcards from dealers from throughout the northeast United States. Show runs 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Perinton Community Center on Turk Hill Rd in Fairport, NY

View Recordings Of Past Meetings

 

Japanese Attack On San Francisco – Video

Factories That Printed Postcards – Video

People In The Workplace – Video

Newberry Library – Curt Teich Collection – Video

New York State Carousels – Video

Public Transportation in New York City – Video

Real Photo Postcards – Video

Mark Jones Talks About Postcards – Video

Postcards Between Two Lovers – Video

 

 

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About Postcard Collecting

Collecting vintage postcards is an enjoyable hobby. In incorporates history, photography, different methods of printing and production. The mjority of postcards collected are from the late 1800s and the early 1900s. Postacrds were very popular in those years and most families had postcard albums in their homes to showcase the postcards people sent them in the mail.

The Golden Age of Postcards was from 1907-1915.

What do people collect? People collect postcards of the following categories:

Hometowns

Specific Cities, states and counties

Advertising

World’s Fairs

Holloween

Valentine’s Day

Thanksgiving

Christmas

Automobiles

Boats

Airplanes

Covered Bridges

Hotels

Restaurants

Main Street Views

Pets

Courthouses

Government Buildings

Real Photo Postcards by local photographers

Trains

Disasters

Famous People

Construction

And there are many more categories.

Collectors typically  buy postcards from postcard dealers at postcard shows and online from eBay and other websites. Prices range anywhere from 25 cents to $50 and more. A wide variety of postcards are readily available for less than $10 each.

Many cities have local postcard clubs and many of these clubs host annual postcard shows with multiple dealers selling thousands of postcards.

There are many books about postcards and collecting postcards. One excellent book is Postcard America by Jeffrey Miekle.