Dating foreign postcards

The value of old postcards is dependent on a number of factors, including their condition, rarity, age, and subject matter.Similar to other types of vintage and antique collectibles, postcard values are based on a specific set of criteria that affect the value of antique and vintage postcards. One of the first things an appraiser or collector will notice about your postcard is its condition.

The Picture Collection holds an equally comprehensive collection of holiday greeting cards dating from the 1930s through the present.

Cards in fine shape, with no discoloration, foxing, tears, or other damage fetch the highest prices.

Some cards had flocking, glitter or gilding, and those sections of the card need to have as much of the original material as possible.

Along with the holiday-themed artwork, the sentiments that went along with each occasion are often expressed in printed verse on the card, and in handwritten notes on the backs of the cards, typically short expressions of goodwill to loved ones.

Postcards were circulated by the Picture Collection from at least the early 1920s and were likely housed with subject clipping files until later segregated into a separate collection.

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