I enjoyed reading othersí thoughts about postcard collecting. Iíve been
collecting them since I was very young (under 10) after being given some cat
postcards by my grandmother.
My brother was given some dog postcards and he collected for many years.
Postcards are a wonderful inexpensive memento when traveling, and we had
very limited allowances. Even on my honeymoon, I bought postcards just
about everywhere we went.
When my brother moved away to CA he gave his postcard collection to me.
Many years later, when my grandmother died, what was left of her collection
was inherited by me (by default Ė no one else wanted it). There were four
shoeboxes and 5 postcard albums full. This was after she had given many
postcards away to grandchildren over the years. She had traded postcards in
clubs by mail and bought them in her later years when traveling. She
received many postcards from friends, neighbors and relatives who knew she
loved postcards and didnít have much opportunity to travel until she was
I have integrated many of her postcards into my and my brotherís collections.
I have six boxes full and Iíve left the ones in the albums as they are. I have
organized them by state and anything that doesnít fit a state category I have
divided by subject. I enjoy going through them and reading the backs of them.
I forgot to mention that I also kept the postcards that were left when my
other grandmother died. She didnít really collect postcards as a hobby, but
she saved all the postcards she received over the years from neighbors, friends
and her children who traveled. It has been interesting to read all of them and
get a peek into my relativesí lives that I wasnít aware of when I was growing
up. I had cousins who traveled to Europe with their high school groups and
sent postcards back to Grandma, cousins who were in the military and did
Itís still fun to get postcards when we travel and I donít think Iíll ever get tired
of looking at them. I always wonder what will happen to all my great
collections when Iím gone, as I donít think any of my kids will want all my
ďjunkĒ - - but who knows? I find myself becoming more nostalgic as I grow
older. Other collections I have are ďOccupied JapanĒ, depression glass
(green, cranberry and pink), pitchers Ė regular sized and miniature, Fiesta
Ware, Red Rose tea animals, handmade crocheted doilies, crocheted
afghans, quilts, vintage hankies and tablecloths, state plates, salt and
pepper shakers, and ďChildís Garden of VersesĒ poetry books by Robert
Lewis Stephenson. I am currently enjoying decorating my new sun room
with vintage (Ď30ís Ė ď50ís) everything! Marsha R