Dating foreign postcards
Stamps illustrated are the common issues for the relevant 'postcard rate' of the period.
Multiples of lower value stamps were often used, as were stamps higher than the required amount.
Deltiology, the hobby of collecting vintage postcards, is one of the fastest-growing collectibles hobbies.
Old postcard collections interest collectors of antiques, memorabilia and ephemera; collectables such as old vintage postcards are used by museums and historians to document what was.
Damaged cards bring less money or can make the card nearly worthless.
The oldest known picture postcard sold in 2002 at the London Stamp Exchange auction for just under ,000 dollars.
The use of 'Picture Postcards' was first sanctioned by the British Postal Authorities on 1st September 1894.
Named after the photograph taken of the King by W & D Downey.
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.
Cards in fine shape, with no discoloration, foxing, tears, or other damage fetch the highest prices.
The study and collecting of postcards is called "deltiology." Postcards were first printed in the 19th century, but it took some time for them to gain in popularity; many people did not like the idea of writing notes which anyone could read!
The value of old postcards is dependent on a number of factors, including their condition, rarity, age, and subject matter.