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Do you collect postcards? If so, you know how this hobby involves multiple types of information. As I sort through a box of family postcards, I’m learning firsthand about these sources.
I started with what I know best–library resources. The URSUS catalog yielded the books you see on the References list (Though dated, the price guide can serve as a starting point.). I found the articles in the America: History & Life database (I would recommend Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center as well.).
These readings will inform my conversations with the appropriate people. For the cards I wish to donate I will need to contact people from various historical societies and special collections. For the cards I wish to sell I will need to consult collectors and dealers. These people are information sources, too, after all.
Getty, R. (2012). Memories for a dime. Alberta History, 60(3), 64–71.
The official identification and price guide to postcards. (1991). New York, NY: Ballantine Books.
Range, T. E. (1980). The book of postcard collecting. New York, NY: Dutton.
Sprague, S. S. (1979). Old postcards: A look at your ancestors’ world. Family Heritage, 2(4), 100–105.
Vallerand, J. (2013). La carte postale nous raconte [Postcards tell a story]. Canadian Rail: The Magazine of Canada’s Railway Heritage., (557), 265–269.
Wood, J. (1995). The collector’s guide to post cards (Rev. ed.). Gas City, IN: L.-W. Promotions.