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Posted 08/15/2020   3:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have to admit, I don't actively collect these but there are some interesting ones out there. I came across this "card" in a little history museum. It's really more of a tiny pillow and the stamp is missing, but it was definitely postal used.

What other leather cards are out there?



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Posted 08/15/2020   3:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
True, the chemicals in the leather and the flexibility doom many stamps on leather items. Here are some non-standard leather items which went through the mail:

Albuquerque, New Mexico to South Bend, Indiana:



Bloomfield, Indiana to Newburg, Indiana:



Although this Burrometer is not technically a postcard from a mail classification standpoint, it's at least leather and went through the mail:
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Posted 08/19/2020   11:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've seen a good many discolored stamps on leather cards. Is it from the acid in the leather?
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Posted 08/21/2020   07:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add morriswalon to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hey. I adore leather postcards. I recently thought to start making its with my own hands. I've already found some useful information on the blog https://leather-toolkits.com/blog/h...amp-leather/ Can someone give you an approximate market price of handmade leather postcard in dollars?
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Posted 08/21/2020   1:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A quick check of recently sold leather cards on eBay shows that most are in the $2 to $5 range. Some more, some less. As with other collectibles, eye appeal and subject matter can increase collector demand.
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Posted 11/22/2020   2:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Joe2007 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A friend of mine collects leather postcards. He recently purchased a blanket of leather, locally written postcards at an estate auction. It is pretty neat, all cards were postmarked from 1900-1910 and they were sewn together.
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Posted 02/24/2022   01:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I picked up a couple more of these, so I think it's time to bump this thread. I've noticed that on most of these cards the stamps have fallen off. It was probably pretty hard to get them to stick in the first place.







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Posted 02/24/2022   09:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's another leather postcard, and like most I've seen, the stamp is suffering! It'll take a while to scroll thru (twice, 1404 images) my alphabetically listed postcards, postmarked Yorkville, it's the last card in file.






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Posted 02/24/2022   1:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
All the leather cards with color appear to be hand painted -- that must have been too difficult to apply by machine. The text and pictures look like they were printed using a branding process, like woodburning. It would be interesting to learn more about how these were produced.
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Posted 02/25/2022   07:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My Yorkville leather pc appears to be copyrighted in 190T ?
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Posted 02/25/2022   09:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mml1942 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 02/25/2022   10:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
To connect two dots ....
Notice the logo of the W S in an H on the two birds used from Yorkville AND the W. S. Heal notation on the piano/couple card. In Barbara Andrews' book:

This is credited more fully as William S. Heal, who published leather cards c1907 including teddy bears and Uncle Sam.
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Posted 03/15/2022   9:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jrbarkley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
this is one of my favorite leather postcards. only one I've ever seen made like an envelope.




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Posted 03/17/2022   5:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And the stamp is still in place! Very nice!
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Posted 03/19/2022   1:16 pm  Show Profile Check orstampman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add orstampman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
One of my favorites

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Posted 03/25/2022   1:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Scotty19 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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once they were sewn together they could be hung from a wall or in some cases made into covers from small pillow shapes.
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