In 1894 picture postcards were introduced in Britain, allowing people, for the first time to send a picture of their home town, holiday destination or local event.
Picture postcards from the past 100 or so years are now appreciated by tens of thousands of British collectors, a situation mirrored in much of Western Europe, North America and Australasia.
Postcards can be collected while on holiday (if you are not interested in age or value), plus they can be obtained from collectors fairs, car boot sales, flea markets, jumble sales, etc.
Collectors can be of all ages and you are never too young or old to start a collection.
There is no real ability required for postcard collecting, just the appreciation of the art or photography which goes into the production of and item, which for some is a throwaway item, but which for the collector is treasure.
No hobby quite compares with collecting postcards in the way it caters for all interests. Whether your a football fan, mad about the royal family, keen on local history, a railway buff or a student of ornithology, picture postcards offer you a marvellous stimulus for your hobby. And for those merely nostalgic and interested in the events and fashions of the past century, the postcard encapsulates it all.
Postcards are one of the top three collectibles in the world along with coins and stamps. They can be very inexpensive even free, take little space, are usually very artistic, and bring back nostalgic memories. Postcards are also great go-withs to other collections, no matter what you collect there will be postcards commemorating it.
The collector of post cards is known as a Deltiologist.
With such a wide choice of subjects to collect, there really is plenty to suit anyone?s pocket. Even some cards a century old can cost just pence, though the best street scenes attract prices in excess of £20.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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