Vintage Holiday Postcards
Vintage postcard basics
A few things you should know about vintage Holiday postcards.
Condition, condition, condition. As with all collectibles they are condition sensitive. 4 sharp corners, unmarked, unused appearance are a premium. Holiday postcards are one of the more popular categories of postcards. Strong demand keeps prices up. If you want to collect as any kind of an investment you should always acquire the best quality possible. If you want to collect for any other reason, mid-grade or less condition can bring you some inexpensive gems.
Germany. Up until the beginning of the World War 1 the best postcards came from Germany because of their superior lithographic printing ability. Their early chromolithographic and embossed postcards are most sought after. Due to the war postcards then came from England or were American made.
Christmas or December
Vintage Holiday postcards come in so many varieties. Most holidays were represented but some more than others. Obviously Christmas or December is prime time for vintage postcards because cards are and were frequently sent at this time of year. The December holidays get the most action and as far as postcards go, they are highly collected. I also will throw in New Year’s here. Not as common as a Christmas card, but within this time frame.
Among the vintage Holiday postcards, Halloween postcards are incredibly collectible and difficult to acquire. The more obscure the Holiday, the more rare and valuable they are. Not as many Groundhog Day, Labor Day or Arbor Day cards as there are Christmas, therefore, higher prices.
My favorite site about Vintage Christmas collecting is the Golden Glow of Christmas Past. Check them out.
Always a great resource for collectibles information is Collectors Weekly.
This site is a Guide for Post Card values.
A sample of Postcard illustrations.
The 2017 Vintage Garage dates are April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15. There will be 100 vendors offering cool vintage and antique pieces every 3rd Sunday, April to October. Vintage Garage is located at 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $5 admission. Official website is www.vintagegaragechicago.com.