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About Eclectic Treasures
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About UsHi, I'm Linda and welcome to Eclectic Treasures. I have had a passion for attending auctions, estate sales, etc., for many years and in the past have sold in antique malls and online with 100% feedback. I took a break from selling the past six years for personal reasons , however the time has come in my life to rekindle my passion for the hunt of locating vintage and antique treasures. Unfortunately, I can't keep everything I love, but am happy to be the temporary guardian until the treasure is recycled a new owner who loves it.
My store carries a variety of vintage collectibles and postcards. Many years ago I acquired an estate that had at least 10,000 postcards in it. I quickly fell in love with the postcards as they are an exciting picture window into the past. I also have various "eclectic" treasures, including kitchenware, barware, glass, linens, etc.
Because Eclectic Treasures will be offering a lot of postcards for sale the following is a little history on early U.S. postcards. Although the first American postcard was developed in 1873, I am going to jump ahead a few years. The first postcard printed as a souvenir by the USPS was created in 1893 to advertise the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The USPS was the only entity allowed to print postcards until May 19, 1898, when Congress passed the Private Mailing Card Act which allowed private publishers and printers to produce postcards.
Until December 24, 1901, private companies were prohibited from calling their cards postcards so they were known as souvenir cards and had to be labeled as Private Mailing Cards. Early postcards were not allowed to have a divided back and only the address of the recipient was could be written on the back. On those postcards any message had to be written on the front of the postcard. This was known as the Undivided Back Era of postcards.
On March 1, 1907, the USPS allowed private citizens to write a message on the address side of a postcard, thus the beginning of the Divided Back postcard permitting a message to be written on the left side. It was at this time the Golden Age of American postcards began which lasted until 1915, when the import of the fine German-printed cards (usually heavily embossed with vibrant colors) was prevented by advent of World War I.
The White Border Era lasted from about 1916 to 1930. During the 1940s Linen postcards were manufactured, getting their name from the linen-like texture on the front of the postcard. And, finally, the Chrome Era began about 1939 (although it was around 1950 when they began to dominate) and continues until the present day. These postcards are generally based on colored photographs and are easily identified by their glossy appearance.
The amount of postage (usually printed in stamp area) can also help you to identify the date of a postcard. Those rates are as follows and was good until the next date: 1872 - 1 cent, 1917 - 2 cents, 1919 - 1 cent, 1925 - 2 cents, 1928 - 1 cent, 1952 - 2 cents, 1958 - 3 cents, 1963 - 4 cents, 1968 - 5 cents, 1971 - 6 cents, 1975 - 7 cents, 1976 - 9 cents, 1978 - 10 cents, March 1981 - 12 cents, November 1981 - 13 cents, 1985 - 14 cents, 1988 - 15 cents, 1991 - 19 cents, 1995 - 20 cents, and higher and higher in cost until today's cost of 33 cents.
Condition grading scale:
Excellent: near mint condition with no visible flaws.
Very good: minor faults at the corners and/or along the edges, minor soiling or light stains, overall in very fine condition.
Good: very small creases or bends, tiny tears, light trimming. Generally an item that is in acceptable collectible condition but with visible flaws.
Fair: an item that can only be considered a space filler or reference copy given presence of major flaws plus major damage such as missing corners, holes, large bends etc.