The Magic of Adding Postcards to Heritage Layouts

Clark — See all books below and on Amazon here: New April 28, Lessons From The Gibson Girl traces the Gibson Girl as she captured the admiration of both men and women with seductive yet thought-provoking humor in the early 20th century. Even though a century has passed since the provocative, yet comedic art touched millions of readers, many of the problems she tackled are still visible on today’s stage. Lessons also provides a interesting look at the fashions of the early 20th century, ones you may find in old family pictures. That is actually how the book became an idea, as I was researching 20th century fashions. More than illustrations are historically accurate of the time period, all published in popular magazines and journals of the time. Learn more and browse sample pages. Yet, some pictures may not be identified. Date Early Photos within a few years of when they were taken. This process narrows the time frame in which a photograph was likely taken.

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The first commercial postcards produced in the U. These were the first privately printed souvenir postcards in the country. The words “Post Card” were not printed on postcards until December 24, Cards previous to that had to have the Private Mailing Card Statement. So, if your card is marked “Private Mailing Card,” is dates from – A divided back postcard example 3 has a line down the middle, or some other indication that one half of the back is for the address and the other half is for a message.

The caveat is that many photographers, particularly in more remote areas, failed to keep up to photographic fashion and used old mounts until their stocks were exhausted.

The value of old postcards is dependent on a number of factors, including their condition, rarity, age, and subject matter. Factors Affecting Value Similar to other types of vintage and antique collectibles, postcard values are based on a specific set of criteria that affect the value of antique and vintage postcards. The following are the most important. Condition One of the first things an appraiser or collector will notice about your postcard is its condition.

Cards in fine shape, with no discoloration, foxing, tears, or other damage fetch the highest prices. Some cards had flocking, glitter or gilding, and those sections of the card need to have as much of the original material as possible. A card which looks perfect could be a reproduction, so be careful when buying. Damaged cards bring less money or can make the card nearly worthless. Posted in , the postcard’s value lay in its significant age, as well as the fact that it was among the earliest cards printed and mailed.

Pioneer postcards, which were printed before July 1, in the U. The cards were used as advertising pieces which is still done today , and often carried information about a shop or a sale.

The Magic of Adding Postcards to Heritage Layouts

Once we overcome shyness or modesty, however, we almost all enjoy reminiscing. As the years advance, a “life review” is particularly rewarding, but at any age it can be a great pleasure and an amazing source of insights. If you’re one of the younger members of your family, take my word for it:

I’ll try to list here some common things that affect a postcards price.

By Michelle Radcliff Interior Decorator If you’re a music box collector, you will surely want to add a vintage Japanese music box to your collection if you don’t already have one. These beautiful, delicate, intricately decorated music boxes are not too hard to find online. History of The Music Box Music boxes have been around for over years. They are described as a type of automatic musical instrument that are able to produce sound by using a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder or disk.

The pins strike the metal teeth of a steel comb and produce musical notes. Modern music boxes were developed from musical snuff boxes from the 18th-century, which were small enough to fit into a gentleman’s waistcoat pocket. Early music boxes came in a variety of sizes, however most were able to fit on a tabletop. Most were built by artisan watchmakers, with a large number being produced in Switzerland. The first music box factory was opened there and by the end of the 19th century, European music box makers started to open factories in the United States.

Sankyo used the latest automation technology to mass produce affordable music boxes. Sankyo has grown to become the biggest manufacturer of music boxes in the world and supplies music box hardware to other manufacturers and distributors. Sankyo now sells licenses for its music box tunes to cellular phone companies for use as ring tones. Many of the vintage Japanese music boxes you will find today are made by Sankyo.

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Here are a number of references which can be used to research old antique postcards and to date vintage postcards. Many postcard history and postcard artist links are included. Also see the Canadiana and Northern Ontario Postcard Photographers pages for additional postcard references. See a 19th c. To navigate these pages, mouse over the top navigation bar.

The white border was introduced by the U.

From left to right- early BB jacket in black with pointed collar, later blue BB jacket with rounded collar, what looks to be an early BB vest and finally an early BB collar-less jacket in black. Three weeks ago we were provided a glimpse of Richard Harrow sporting a Brown’s Beach vest under his coat and scarf. Last week we were treated to scenes of Richard wearing the same vest, seen below both with and without the wool coat.

Not to get all critical especially since the wardrobe and set dressing is always so good but with Richards vest being in what looked to be in near perfect condition some key details can be easily seen. A period correct vest would have been constructed of black, grey and white herringbone weave. The earlier garments sometimes included various shades of brown due to age and exposure to the elements.

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What a year it has been! When it comes to family heritage photos and memorabilia, some families are blessed with boxes and boxes of old photos or albums bursting at the seams. Then there are others, my own included, where it seems like there are a few strategic photos and not much else, so trying to get a feel for what everyday life was like can seem a bit daunting.

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Her zeal for history and lifelong penchant for collecting has resulted in one of the largest collections of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks. In December of , she also landed on the cover of West Hollywood Magazine. On top of all that, she was also recently featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies.

Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community. Vintage Los Angeles has , followers on Facebook, and has become a go-to site for commentary and conversation on the entertainment industry and Hollywood history. She spent five years at E! Her coverage was so extensive it led her to partner with the network for future programs, events and movie releases.

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Printed mount notations such as photographer’s identification and title are fairly reliable, but can still provide false information. Dating by mount type and style provides a rough indicator for identifying images. The caveat is that many photographers, particularly in more remote areas, failed to keep up to photographic fashion and used old mounts until their stocks were exhausted.

How many of this particular postcard were produced?

Learning About Old Postcards Vintage postcards are an affordable and fun hobby! Cards can range from a few cents apiece to the hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars each! Finding the true value of a card can be hard, with so many factors affecting its price. I’ll try to list here some common things that affect a postcards price. The age of a postcard can sometimes add to its monetary value.

Many collectors today look for the earlier postcards, from around until the ‘s. But as these cards become harder to find, a new market for cards produced from the ‘s until the present have been created. If you think about it, cards produced in the ‘s are already over 50 years old! Condition is a huge factor in evaluating postcards. A card in excellent to mint condition demands a much higher price than those with defects. Small creases, tears, bends or ink marks can cut the price of a postcard up to half!

Postcards are often mishandled, and that little crease or rounded corner may not seem like much.

Why Antique Postcards Are So Cheap (And Collectible!)