Guide to Buying Vintage Holidays and Greeting Postcards

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Collecting Vintage Holidays and Greetings Postcards can be fun and rewarding. The antique cards are beautiful and historical.  Postcard collecting, is currently the third largest collectable hobby in the world. There are many things to look for when collecting Postcards.

Und/B-Undivided Back 1901-1907
DB-Divided Back 1907-1915
WB-White Border 1916-1930
L-Linen era 1930-1945
C-Chromes 1945 to 1970s
Cont. sz - 4"x6" chromes 1970s up
b/w-black and white
cof-cancel on face
m/t-margin tear
p/ or pub - publisher
RP-Real Photo
s/ or sgn - artist signed
s/m-stamp missing
wob-writing on back
wof-writing on face
a number within parenthesis indicates quantity of cards in lot.

Postcard Sizes


Continental size: 4X6 inches (15 cm X 10.5 cm) Many of the new cards you purchase today are of this size.

Regular (or Standard) size: 3 1/2 X 5 1/2 (9 cm X 14 cm) Many of the older cards are of this size.

Oversized: Anything larger than a continental size. Mostly 5X7 inches, but some can be found in larger sizes. Although this size of cards is popular with postcard companies and tourists, many collectors do not want them because they are more expensive, not easily filed, cost more to mail, and harder to trade with others. The advantage is of course the more detailed view of the scenes shown on the cards.

Modern size: These are about 6 1/2 X 4 3/4 inches. They are often classified as a smaller type of oversized card.


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