From Notes to Keepsakes: The Enchanting Journey of Postcard Passion

Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Written by Angelica

Greetings, fellow aficionados of history and ephemera! Join me on a riveting journey into the depths of postcard collecting, a hobby that transcends time, much like a well-preserved stamp on a vintage postcard.

Did You Know? The roots of postcard collecting trace back to the late 19th century when Austria introduced correspondence cards around 1869 – simple, no-frills predecessors to the vibrant postcards we cherish today.

Fast forward to the early 20th century in the United States, where the postcard scene transformed. In 1901, the first commercially produced postcards with actual photographs emerged, giving rise to what we now call real photo postcards (RPPCs). 

Now, picture yourself in the Golden Age of Postcards (1900-1915), a time when postcards rivaled cat memes in popularity. Clubs and societies sprang up, turning postcard collecting into a social affair. 

Today, amidst emails and emojis, postcard collecting endures as a charming connection to the past. Whether captivated by vintage landscapes or amused by peculiar ads, collectors continue to weave the vibrant threads of postcards into the grand tapestry of time. Happy collecting, time-travelers!

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