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Posted 09/24/2018   7:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add BryanJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have been collecting Militaria items for years and would frequently check eBay and I started seeing quite a few WWI postcards, which really caught my eye. There seems to be two basic types, those that are some sort of artwork, and those that were made from photos. I have now acquired maybe 20 or so cards, and a few minutes ago did a search to see if there was a forum for post card collectors and sure enough, here it is. So, hello and if anyone has any words of wisdom for a new post card collector who has developed an interest specifically in WWI cards, please let me know.
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Posted 09/24/2018   9:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Postcards were a much bigger part of life before, during, and after WW1, so you might take a moment to think about whether your interests are directed specifically to WW2, or are directed to military life & events as captured on postcards.

For WW2, BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for POW cards, an expensive but evocative specialty, as well as related postal stationery items, such as V-mail.

https://postalmuseum.si.edu/victory...g/index.html ... article at Smithsonian National Postal Museum

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-mail ... article at Wikipedia

And don't forget to search this forum!

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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Posted 09/24/2018   11:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add erilaz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
But ikey, BryanJ didn't say anything about World War Two! ???

I don't particularly collect WWI postcards per se, though I've picked up a few that have caught my fancy, such as this one:


Words of wisdom? I don't know that I have much in that department. Real photo postcards generally have a higher demand and thus often have higher price tags, as well. Keep your eyes open for stamp shows, ephemera shows, and collectible paper shows in your area; they can be a good source, and you'll avoid having to pay for shipping. You may even find some great bargains: I bought the card above at the Vintage Paper Fair in San Francisco for only a dollar. Check out local antique shops, too.

Enjoy the hunt!
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Edited by erilaz - 09/24/2018 11:17 pm
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Posted 09/24/2018   11:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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... But ikey, BryanJ didn't say anything about World War Two! ??? ...


Yes, erilaz, but what he did say was:


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... I have been collecting Militaria items for years ...


... which sounds like a pretty generic interest, in which case WW1 is far more, well, target-rich environment for postcards than WW2.

Not to mention the quality. Many/most of the US military-theme cards were white-border-era cards with terrible color registration - the darned things can be painful to look at, regardless of subject - while WW1 cards included an ocean of real photo small unit group portraits, "I have arrived safely" AEF cards, BDA (Bomb Damage Assessment) cards, etc.

There was a reason that they called it The Golden Age.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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Posted 09/25/2018   02:11 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome! I started this thread a while ago, but rather lost heart -

http://goscf.com/t/59023&SearchTerm...,from,france
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Posted 09/25/2018   08:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BryanJ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
GeoffHa. What a great collection, thanks for posting.

Yes, I have collected a few post cards from WWII and the Spanish American war, but there just seems to be so many more from the WWI era (not sure why)which is where/why my primary interest has drifted toward.

As soon as I have time to learn how to post photos, I'll post a few of the ones I've collected thus far. But it's fun searching the cards out on eBay, I'm usually paying on average $4-5 per card, maybe buying 4-5 per month, so not breaking the bank. But, the cards are a great snap shot in time about life during this period.

Thanks for the comments and advice!

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Posted 04/09/2019   9:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add zepman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Got quite a few, all Zeppelins
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