Vintage Holiday Postcards

Vintage postcard basics

Vintage holiday postcards are wonderful little pieces of art, nostalgia and history.  Here's what you should look for.

Condition, condition, condition.  As with all collectibles they are condition sensitive and paper is delicate.  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. Until the beginning of the World War 1, the best postcards came from Germany.  Germany had superior lithographic printing ability. Their early chromolithographic and embossed postcards are most sought after. Due to the war postcards after came from England or were American made.

Quick facts

1893 American Postcards- Are first commercially produced for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
1907 The backs of Postcards are divided.
1915-1930 Postcards with white borders are used.
1930-1944 Woven linen textured card stock is used.
1945- Glossy color Photochrome cards appear.

Christmas or December  

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. Check out more Christmas Postcards here and Christmas greeting cards here! 

Collecting vintage postcard or collecting vintage postcards. Holiday and Christmas graphics are the best.
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Collecting Vintage Holiday Postcards. Made in Germany.
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Halloween

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.

Easter

Gorgeous cards of Spring, bunnies, eggs, angels, religious and more! Check out more Easter cards from my personal collection here.

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Valentines Day

Valentines Day cards are another favorite.  To see Valentines Day cards from my personal collection, click HERE.  

To see Valentine postcards from my personal collection, click here! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

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.

Vintage Garage Chicago flea market, located Uptown.

The Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show will take place March 2, 3pm to 8pm, March 3, 2018. 10am to 5pm at 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660. St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Hollywood and N. Sheridan Road. The official website is www.vintageclothingandjewelry.com

The 2018 Vintage Garage dates are April 15, May 20, June 17 , July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. 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.

Vintage Garage Chicago, 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago 60640 - Email: hey@vintagegaragechicago.com

The Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show will take place March 2, 3pm to 8pm, March 3, 2018. 10am to 5pm at 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660. St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Hollywood and N. Sheridan Road. The official website is www.vintageclothingandjewelry.com

The 2018 Vintage Garage dates are April 15, May 20, June 17 , July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. 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.

Vintage Garage Chicago, 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640, United States (US) - Phone: 312-505-6373 Email: hey@vintagegaragechicago.com URL: