I can almost hear Mark Stevens (Postcard Roundup) saying "Thank goodness Steve's got his own blog now!"...I have been wanting to do something like this blog for a long time and I have Mark to thank for getting me going.
I started collecting postcards when I was in my mid-twenties. A girlfriends mother was a collector and she got me "hooked" I joined the **Angels Flight Postcard Club and the Santa Monica Postcard Club and started going to all of the postcard shows and estate sales I could find! I've always loved history and old photographs, so postcards were a natural fit.
I also collect modern cards. Not chromes necessarily (although I do have a few), but contemporary art and advertising cards. I will share those here also.
Postcards that were issued in a series has become an "obsession" with me. If I find a card that I like and realize that it is just one in a series, I am dogged in my pursuit of the rest of them. I will create "pages" for these as opposed to posting them individually.
I am looking forward to sharing the cards I love and getting feedback from others who love them as well. In addition to posting cards, I will have some pages devoted to parts of my collection that I find interesting. I will change them up once in a while to keep things "moving".
I will forgo any pages explaining deltiology, or the like. It's all been done before and certainly better than I could do. I may share a link now and then to something of interest, but I'm not the teacher. I am merely the student and this is my "show-and-tell".
Hope you enjoy!
**I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet Werner von Boltenstern (NOT the Nazi general!) who was also a member of the postcard clubs I joined. He was in his early 70's, grossly overweight and a master at spinning a tale (in a thick German accent). He worked for several years as a photographer, which brought him in contact with the field of postcards. He emigrated to the
United States in
1947, settling in Los Angeles where
he married and raised a family. Werner had amassed a huge personal collection. Sadly, he passed away in 1978. But here's the cool part...He donated his entire collection to Loyola Marymount
University in Los Angeles. The Werner von Boltenstern
postcard collection is one of the largest publicly-accessible collections in
the United States.
It contains over a million postcards from around the world, dating
from the beginnings of postcard production in the late 19th century, and
extending to the present