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Postcard Questions [Nov. 10th, 2007|10:33 pm]
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Hi everyone, I don't know if anyone can help me or not but I have no idea where to even begin looking, so maybe someone can at least point me in the right direction.

My mother is moving and I am helping her sort through some things, deciding what to keep and what to toss. One thing we found was a large collection (read: probably over 200, hard to guess from glancing) of old postcards. This was a collection of my grandmother's. Most of the postcards are probably from the 20s and 30s and are from all over the world, although I bet most are from the USA. I think most of them probably have been mailed as well (by friends to her.)

Basically, I would feel terrible just throwing these out. I don't have any illusions of making any real money off of them, but I think there must be some sort of collector out there who would appreciate these, and I'd rather have someone else have them than to throw them away!

Does anyone know where I should begin??
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[User Picture]From: anglersrest
2007-11-11 02:16 pm (UTC)
What a super find. Perhaps transcribe the reverse, they are possibly a link to your family history.

There are though, two genealogical sites that reunite old postcards to people researching the same family.

Food for thought? - if you need any more ideas or want to talk through the above suggestion post on this thread.
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[User Picture]From: captain_calico
2007-11-17 09:15 am (UTC)
There are many collectors of postcards; some collect by motif, others by date or mailing place etc. There are also many stamp collectors who look for these. A collection of your size and age DO have some value, but you need to find an expert or begin to study the field itself to get anywhere near a fair estimate. The fast option is to go to a collectors shop who specialises in stamps; these often know a lot about postcards too. The slow option is to sell them off one by one on Ebay, which might earn you the most, but not knowing which postcards have the best value will make it a lot of work. You could ebay off the whole set in one single auction too, with 10-14 bidding days.
Anyway I agree that the family memento value to these in time will be worth a lot too. To your grand grand children they'll be like ghosts from a vanished past.
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