We are admirers and collectors of vintage postcards. 100 years ago the postcard was the new way to communicate a quick hello to friends and loved ones. Cameras, photography and photo processing methods were not yet affordable or easily used by a layman and long distance telecommunication was not readily available. Mail service was prompt and delivered twice a day in many places. The pictures on a penny postcard brought the world closer for just a 1¢ stamp for domestic use and a 2¢ stamp for international mail.
Throughout the ‘golden age’ of postcards the variety and quantity of postcards collected and exchanged worldwide was millions. That so many survive today is a testament to their value as a view of history and as pieces of art. From artist drawn images to lithographed scenes and the highly prized ‘real photo postcard’ (RPPC) there are many opportunities to acquire an historic artifact in your area of interest.
Collecting vintage postcards introduces the collector to a myriad of related subjects. From the ‘Golden Age’ to the modern age, postcards evolved and changed as printing, production, photography and people’s tastes changed. Aspects of postal history, social history, early photography and photographers intrigue the collector. We study postcard manufacturers and publishers, we keep lists, we categorize different eras, topics, and types of postcards. There are many, many Internet resources where one can learn about vintage postcards. Some of our favourites are on our ‘connections’ pages. The Toronto Postcard Club is one of 6 in Canada, with many more in other countries worldwide. Join the TPC (or another postcard club in your area), go to a postcard show and discover all that vintage postcards have to offer.
Everyone who joins the TPC receives our 24-page magazine, Card Talk, three times per year. Card Talk contains news about the club, important postcard sales and events and interesting articles about postcards from every corner of Canada (and beyond). For a summary of the contents of a recent edition of Card Talk, see our blog. We also hold regular meetings and field trips in the Toronto area, run a huge annual postcard sale, and just generally have a lot of fun sharing information with like-minded people of all ages — anyone and everyone who has caught the postcard bug. If you’re just starting, or aren’t even sure yet if postcards are your thing, join us and before long you’ll be wondering where postcards were all your life!