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Postcard collecting is a fun hobby.


Cell phones, the Internet, and Instagram have given us all the opportunity to share vacation and travel memories easier than ever before. But, despite this, there is something else that will keep memories and transmit the stories of your travels to others - this is a good old postcard. Travel cards and beautiful cards that you get for the holidays are a great way to start a collection, affordable and easy. Moreover: they, unlike electronic messages, can be passed on to future generations in the family.

For example, you can pick up some postcards in souvenir shops during the trip and send them home, children, grandchildren, brother or sister. When you return, help the children find various old postcards (for sure, many old postcards have been preserved at your home), prepare a box, start collecting. It is interesting to compare postcards showing the same places, but issued in different years. How has the route and appearance of your recent excursion changed over the decades? And so the collection begins to form.

Postcards, both old and new, can serve as a lesson on various topics, from geography to history, including other cultures and peoples. Different interests are also reflected in the world of postcards. If a child is fond of dinosaurs, cats and dogs, horses, sports, or space, there are both new and old postcards that they will like.

Postcards "Costumes of the Russian Imperial House" - such can be given to foreigners.

Congratulations on holidays, whether New Year, Christmas, birthday, were also issued in the early 1900s. Other cards (February 23, March 8) appeared later. Keeping track of new holidays that are important for the country, postcards also help a lot.

Many old postcards were stored in albums or in boxes, away from the light that could ruin them, so they are in surprisingly good condition today.

There are even brand name postcards that used to be popular abroad, such as Coca-Cola or Cracker Jack Bears, which many aspiring philokartists will love (a fancy word for postcard collectors). Sports fans are looking for old postcards with the image of famous players. Others prey on postcards with cowboys and Indians. Still others prefer postcards with flowers and animals, fourth - with historical costumes, fifth - with images of world sights. All this is available for purchase today, because there are foreign postcards on sale in Russia, and at auctions you can buy old postcards from other countries.

Someone collects postcards from the Soviet era, if the originals are difficult to find, you can pay attention to the reprints of familiar postcards from childhood.

There is also a line of postcards for children's literary works. They are perfectly suitable as didactic material (a child can tell a fairy tale or retell a book on them).

Sometimes exhibitions of postcards are held, where you can see how many different options can be found, with many greeting cards that are sold very inexpensively and are so diverse.

Collecting postcards is an inexpensive and very exciting type of collecting for adults and children. This can be a great family hobby.

Where to buy good cards?

We recommend that you look in the following sections of online stores (a huge selection of postcards for every taste - both for the holidays for any occasion, and for the collection): (there are also foreign, vintage and antique postcards here)

All of these stores have postcard sets.

Postcards from the White City

The White City Publishing House is publishing a series of unique postcards; pay attention to them. Examples of sets - in the photo:

This set of postcards presents selected illustrations from Victor Petit’s architectural album, French Rural Dwellings.

A set of postcards is part of the illustrations of models of ladies' wedding, wedding dresses and toilets for wedding ceremonies from the magazine "Herald of Fashion" from 1896 to 1906.

Palaces of the Southern coast of Crimea in miniature landscapes of Vladimir Nikonov. Issue 1., spring 2016.

Postcards in my house - a big box, and all is not enough. I can’t get past new sets; before that, interesting sets are being released today!

A friend collects postcards from the Imperial House - they are so beautiful, nice to hold in your hands.

And what kind of cards are these? I did not seem to come across. Interesting even.

I at Rech publishing house really like postcards. Last year I bought this kit:

Yes, I also really like sets from Speech, I buy a lot of them. Why - I don’t know (it’s hard to explain the addiction to collecting everything in a row), but I love them very much!

When did the cards appear

Postcards appeared in the distant 1870. At the very beginning of their existence, they looked very ordinary, as now stationery forms. But 20 years passed, and the world saw the first greeting card. The first examples were devoted to such holidays as Christmas and Easter.

The man who sent the first greeting card was called Henry Quoli. It seemed to him that it was too difficult to send a letter to congratulate the relatives, and he decided to simply write their names and congratulations on the card on which the Christmas tree appeared. A little time passed, and his idea fell to the taste of a large number of Englishmen and postcards began to be popular, they dispersed around the world.

Initially, postcards were drawn, but in the first half of the 20th century, with the advent of the camera, they became photographic. In the same XX century, a fashion for the philocarty appeared. In the 60-70s of the last century, collecting postcards with photographs of famous actresses became popular, and in the 90s it changed, and postcards with the image of dogs and cats began to collect.

The popularity of philocards

The postcard has come a very long and rather fascinating way. At the time of their appearance, people did not yet know that collecting postcards is called a philocardy. They found their application in various scientific works, they illustrated school textbooks, and often organized special exhibitions that take place around the world.

The first illustrated postcards were called species. They are very popular today. They depict various cities from around the world, as well as their main attractions. Such cards used to be informative for people, since the Internet and access to a lot of information appeared not so long ago.

Emotional, having their own character and mood, funny postcards appeared relatively recently. Collecting postcards of this nature quickly gained popularity. The authors of modern cards show imagination by drawing them with declarations of love, jokes, and even with their own characters. For example, a character like Little Shea is known throughout the world.

Collecting postcards whose prices reach astronomical values ​​also attracts a lot of people. Today, the most expensive famous postcard was bought at an auction in England, its cost amounted to 22 thousand pounds. But, of course, it cannot be more expensive than a postcard for the soul than from a loved one. She will give love and kindness.

Collecting postcards from the USSR

Labeled and unlabeled postcards were issued in the Soviet Union, leaving space for sticking stamps on them. Some fans can find such collection cards, on which stamps are mistakenly pasted on the front side, they are especially appreciated and are considered a rarity. Especially those where the brand, which has the wrong location, is printed in the printing house. One of the most famous such postcards of the USSR is the one that depicts the Hadi-7 experimental car.

Many in the Union issued greeting cards for public holidays, with an anniversary or with birthday greetings. For modern collectors, this is the most common and fashionable type of postcards. They cost inexpensively, in the range of 20-50 rubles per piece. But if the instance is very rare, then its cost can be much higher.

Types of Postcards

Postcards can be divided into the following types:

- Congratulatory - takes the main place among those that are used for congratulations on any holiday, anniversary, celebration.

- Species - is produced in large series, they depict various professions, sports, festivals, city landscapes.

- Reproduction - images on such postcards - reproductions of paintings.

- Art - is mass-produced. Helps to get acquainted with the work of any unknown artists.

- Advertising - advertising information about a cafe or company is applied to it.

- Historical – event - depicts either significant or tragic events that occurred in the past.

- Political - depicts political figures of the past and present, parties, organizations.

- Patriotic - the most popular postcard during the Great Patriotic War, raising the spirit of citizens.

- Photo card - having a photo of some city or landscape on the front side. That can be any number.

- Business - appeared recently, they are intended to congratulate employees, business partners.

Collecting Art Photographic Cards

This is a very interesting type of collecting. Such postcards usually depict paintings of not only unknown artists, but even famous ones. Artistic photographic postcards can be quite expensive for collectors. There are times when, thanks to such a postcard, people recognize the work of a previously not popular artist, and he becomes quite famous.

Collection storage

This question is of great importance. The fast finding of the required postcard, as well as safety, depends on it, because usually collectors have a large number of postcards.

So that they do not deteriorate, there are 3 main ways of storage: landscape, card index, in envelopes. Each method has its pros and cons, but they are all used by collectors.

Collecting postcards even today does not lose its popularity.