Below is a list of postcard reference literature that we currently
have available. With these references, collectors and dealers
can identify and evaluate thousands of different postcards.
Most of these books are regular stock items, but some are available in limited quantities. As an example, the total printing of my Illinois Post Offices book was 418 copies. More than two-thirds of those have been sold since it was published in February, 1996, and I do not plan to reprint it. Such limited-edition titles are often difficult to obtain once the original printing is sold out.
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United States Post Offices on CD-ROM. (Mehrer/2001): Combined for the first time on CD-ROM: the most complete lists currently available of all Post Offices that have EVER operated in the United States!* This is the ultimate reference for identifying real photo postcards, postmarks, letters, documents, etc., which refer to specific towns or counties in unnamed states.
The "OLD" photo locator booklet was a reproduction of the 1909 Post Office list, which only contained post offices that operated during that year. It had no information about tens of thousands of post offices that closed before that year or opened afterwards. The OLD booklet was simply a reproduction of the 1909 Post Office list. Unfortunately, the partial information in the OLD booklet results in many postcards being incorrectly identified. Until now, however, the old booklet was the only photo locator available. The NEW, ULTIMATE Photo Locator contains the most comprehensive collection of U.S. Post Office information ever offered, from the entire postcard era - and beyond!
The NEW, ULTIMATE Photo Locator contains:
- A combined alphabetical list of Post Offices from all states, showing towns, states, years of operation & counties. Are you looking for a town named "Debberie?" Go to the "D" file and you will see that only one town in the country has ever had that name. Are you looking for a town named "Kelker?" Go to the "K" file and you will see that only three towns had that name, and only one of them was in operation during the height of the postcard era. (By the way, none of these towns is in the OLD photo locator.)
- Individual lists of all 50 states plus Indian Territory & District of Columbia, showing towns, years of operation & counties.
- A combined list of all U.S. Counties. Are you looking for Bailey, Bannock or Barnes counties? Each of those county names appears only once on the list. Find out instantly which states they are in.
- Statehood, territorial & Confederate secession dates.
Also: "United States Post Offices on CD-ROM" is upgradable! As more research is done and corrections are made to data on the existing lists, we intend to make exchange upgrades available. (*NOTE: While Alabama & Georgia have not been fully researched, this CD includes previously unpublished information for thousands of post offices from those two states.)
Here are some of the many comments that we have received about the ULTIMATE Locator:
- This remains one of the best investments I have ever made for identifying post offices and the counties they are in! - Don Schiele, North Dakota
- Received the USPO's CD yesterday... what a GREAT reference. I can't imagine how you could pursue this as either a hobby or business without it... I "discovered" how many DPO's I have, and when sold, (they) will probably pay for the disk. - C.G., Florida
- I am a postcard dealer/collector and file several of my states by county. Until purchasing "U.S. Post Offices on CD-ROM," I had to have several large and unwieldy reference books on hand. Now I just need the one CD-ROM. As it is done in Excel format, I was able to customize it to my specific needs and install it on my computer's hard drive. What a time saver!!!- Jane Schryver, New York
- "U.S. Post Offices" is like owning every gazetteer ever printed. I identified over 20 postcards the first week I owned it and it has paid for itself many times over in just six months. - M.C., Iowa
- We have found the United States Post Offices CD-ROM very useful to us as Postcard Dealers. I know that there is a lot more on the CD-ROM than what we use, but it is sure helpful when we are looking for Counties that the towns are located in. We also use it for checking on postmarks to see if they are Dead Post Offices, and when they opened and closed. It is so easy to look up the information on the CD-ROM and find it in a hurry. Thanks again for putting the time into this project and offering it to collectors and dealers alike. - J.G. & S.G., Indiana
Available in PC format (Order #710701) or MAC format (Order #710702). $99.00 postpaid, worldwide.
SPECIAL ACQUISITION: The MEGSON EXPOSITION
American Exposition Postcards / 1870-1920 / A Catalog and Price Guide. (Frederic and Mary Megson/1992): This is the definitive guide on postcards of the International Expositions and World's Fairs held in the United States, beginning with the 1876 Centennial Exposition through the Panama-Pacific and Panama-California Expos of 1915. Also includes dozens of National and Interstate Expos held during the classic postcard era. Contains hundreds of illustrations, with descriptions and valuations for thousands of postcards. Includes maps and ground plans of many expositions; guide to identifying postcard publishers; and other useful info. This book has been out of print, out of stock, and very difficult to locate. We have just ONE used COPY (in good shape) in stock. ORDER NOW. (288 pages; softbound.) #710101. $33.00.
Large Letter Postcards: The Definitive Guide, 1930s to 1950s.
(Fred Tenney & Kevin Hilbert/2009): This book will serve generations
to come as the definitive book on buying and collecting the beautiful,
1930s to 1950s era large letter linen postcards. Over 2,200 large
letter postcards are documented and illustrated, with a carefully
researched value for each card. This will assist dealers to price
their postcards fairly and protect the collector from overpaying.
There is a detailed history of the postcards and information about
the designers and manufacturers.Graphic artists will find inspiration
for new approaches to art and advertising. A wide assortment of
colorful cards was selected for the larger illustrations, making
this a wonderfully attractive book, with crossover appeal in collecting,
advertising, graphic design, historical research, and arts and
crafts. (160 pages; hardbound.) #791101. $47.00.
Colorado History: Insights and Views Through Postcards.
(Charles Harbert/2006): This is the first Colorado postcard book
in many years and the most comprehensive in terms of the scope
of images and its historical content. The 315-page book contains
275 high-quality color and black and white images of towns and
people throughout the state. Written with historical themes, it
includes chapters on Mining, Agriculture, Small Towns, Denver,
Tourism, Fun Times, Hard Times, Postcard Photographers, and portfolios
on Occupations and People of Colorado. It also includes helpful
appendices on the history and dating of postcards as well as the
nuts and bolts of postcard collecting. The book contains many
outstanding images of street scenes, store fronts, interiors,
railroad depots, mining, horse drawn wagons, baseball, brewery,
Indians, etc. This is a highly desirable book for any collector
of postcards. It is available in both soft cover and leather-bound,
limited-edition hardback copies. (315 pages; leather hardbound,
limited edition.) #790603. $183.00. (315 pages; softbound.) #790602.
Seminole Views: A Postcard Panorama of America's Only Unconquered
Tribe. (Emmett H.L. Snellings, Jr./2008): Winner of
the Gold Medal for Design in the Florida Book Awards competition
for books published in 2008, Seminole Views is a full color, hardcover
(with jacket) coffee table book that features old Seminole postcards
(some 100 years old), as well as modern photographs of and interviews
with members of the Seminole Tribe in Florida. The book covers:
Seminole historical background, Seminoloe Wars and warriors, Seminole
historical figures, Black Seminoles, Seminole housing, traditional
Seminole food, Seminole clothing and style, Seminole transportation,
The Everglades, Traditional Seminole medicine, Seminole religious
customs, Seminole legends, tourism, Seminole crafts, Seminole
children, Education, and the cattle business. Complete with references
and an index. (229 pages; hardbound.) #790605. $58.00.
Postcard History of the Early Santa Fe Railway. (Don
Harmon/2006): Hundreds of postcard images of depots and related
Santa Fe Railway topics, including many Fred Harvey published
cards. A beautiful book and binding. All of our copies are signed
by the author. (415 pages; 8.5 x 11" hardbound.) #790601.
Christmas with the Postcard Artists 1898-1940. (Peggy Hawksworth/2008): On March 1, 2007, the United States picture postcard with a message space was 100 years old. From 1898 through the 1930s, there were millions of postcards sent back and forth across the Atlantic, admired, and saved in albums. Little was known about many of the artists.
The purpose of this book was to design a literary work about the artists who documented an era when pen, paint, and brush ruled in the recording of daily scenes and events. Christmas folklore was chosen because it provided a wider representation of artists from around the world. There are samples of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, woodblock, silhouette and illustrations of the customs and Christmas figures.
Postcard artists and illustrators have never received the same
respect as those who created fine art. This book includes 300
artists' biographies of varying lengths and documents their lives
and illustrations along with their accomplishments in fine art.
Includes NEARLY 90 PAGES of COLOR illustrations. (415 pages; softbound.)
Samuel L. Schmucker: The Discovery of His Lost Art.
(Jack Davis and Dorothy Ryan/2001): This is the first biography
and study of Samuel Loren Schmucker (1879-1921), considered by
many to be the best American postcard artist from the Golden Age
of postcards. Schmucker overcame the challenge of crippling polio
to study drawing and painting at the Pennyslvania Academy of the
Fine Arts and the Howard Pyle Institute at Drexel. His classmates
and associates included Maxfield Parrish, Jessie Willcox Smith,
Frank Schoonover, Stanley Arthurs, and N. C. Wyeth, among others.
This book also tells the story of the discovery of Schmucker's
lost art. Jack and Susan Davis discovered eighty-eight paintings
by Samuel L. Schmucker, produced for the Detroit Publishing Company
from 1905-1906. Half of these paintings were published as postcards
in 1907, and half are unpublished images. This is the largest
collection in the world of original postcard art from the Golden
Age. The story of the discovery involves the "Yellowstone
Connection" between the famous American pioneer photographer
William Henry Jackson and the Haynes family, photographers and
concessionaires in Yellowstone National Park. The book also explores
the relationship between the Detroit Publishing Company and Jackson,
and his role in saving Schmucker's paintings from destruction.
This beautiful 9 x12" book contains more than 150 full-color
illustrations and is a must for any Schmucker art collector or
postcard collector. (192 pages; softbound.) #770401. $55.00.
Real Photo Postcard Guide: The People's Photography. (Robert Bogdan and Todd Weseloh/2006): An informative, comprehensive, and practical treatment of this popular American phenomenon that dominated the United States photographic market during the first third of the twentieth century. Robert Bogdan and Todd Weseloh draw on extensive research and observation to address all aspects of the photo postcard from its history, origin, and cultural significance to practical matters like dating, purchasing, condition, and preservation.
Illustrated with over 350 exceptional photo postcards taken from archives and private collections across the country, the scope of the Real Photo Postcard Guide spans technical considerations of production, characteristics of superior images, collecting categories, and methods of research for dating photo postcards and investigating their photographers.
In a broader sense, the authors show how "real photo postcards" document the social history of America. From family outings and workplace awards to lynchings and natural disasters, every image captures a moment of American cultural history from the society that generated them.
Bogdan and Weseloh's book provides an admirable integration
of informative text and compelling photographic illustrations.
Collectors, archivists, photographers, photo historians, social
scientists, and anyone interested in the visual documentation
of America will find the Real Photo Postcard Guide indispensable.
(304 pages, 367 black-and-white photographs; hardbound.) #770302.
Postmarks on Postcards/Revised 2nd Edition. (Richard W. Helbock/2002): It is a rare case when a reference book has equal appeal to collectors and dealers of postcards and postmarks alike, but here is just such a book. This 290-page volume is designed to provide both an introduction to all U.S. postmarks of the 1900-1920 era and a reference for anyone wishing to learn more about postmarks and postmark collecting. The first of two sections explores all U.S. postmark types found on cards and covers of the Postcard era; and the second provides details of which U.S. postmarks are collected. Part I consists of ten chapters featuring Doane cancels; Manuscript & Straight-line markings; Anachronisms & Mimics; and Machine Cancels, just to name a few. Each subject is carefully explained and well illustrated, and the discussion includes comments on the market value for each postmark type. The chapter on Machine Cancels includes a simple technique that enables the reader to make a rapid identification of the manufacturer of nearly all machine cancels of the 1900-1920 period. Part II discusses the major ways in which U.S. postmarks are collected. The six chapters include information about collecting by Geographic Regions, Rural Free Delivery, Railway Post Offices, Naval & Military Specialties and an entirely new chapter on Collecting Ancillary & Auxiliary Markings. The book wraps up with a Glossary of Postal History Terms; four Appendices providing specific data on the subjects of U.S. Doane cancels and Military & Naval postal history; and an Index. (290 pages; softbound.) #720101. $29.50.
This reference is also offered on CD-ROM. To see a list
of reference literature available on CD-ROM, CLICK
Postcard Price Guide/Third Edition. (Mashburn): Includes
such categories as Artist-Signed, Fantasy, Nudes, Amy Millicent
Sowerby, Santas, Greetings, Sets & Series, Advertising, Topicals,
Transportation, Baseball, Views (U.S. and Foreign), Real Photos,
Roadside America, Expositions, etc. Thousands of prices representing
millions of cards, from 1893 through the modern era. More than
635 images. OUT OF PRINT, but we have access to a limited number of copies
which are described as "shipping damaged" and "store
returned" copies. They will have some minor physical flaws
but will still be usable. We will always ship our best copy available.
(512 pages; softbound.) #970389. $25.00.
Comic Postcards of WW II: A Checklist. (Thomas O. Garnhart/2006): On 2 CD-ROMs. This new version is produced in digital format, to view on your computer using Adobe Reader (a free on-line download), or print for your own personal use.
· List includes comic and other artist drawn postcards
related to WWII
· Permission to print one copy for personal use included with purchase
· 5,600 plus postcards are listed
· Over 2,000 new listings added since 1st edition
· WWII comic arcade cards now included
· Separate list of nearly 300 WWII Large Letter cards
· Over 3,300 full color illustrations of postcards
· Cards by unidentified publishers grouped together with alphabetical names and fully illustrated on Disc #2
Disc #1 Includes these WWII Comic related items:
· Comic Postcard Checklist in both PDF & Excel formats
· Arcade Checklist in both PDF & Excel formats
· Large Letter WWII Checklist in both PDF & Excel formats
· Index of Comic Postcards by Inscriptions that appear on the cards
· List of known artists and the publishers for whom they drew
· List of known publishers with notes.
Disc #2 Includes 14 PDF Documents with full color illustrations
· Asheville and Eastern
· Graycraft & Kropp
· MWM & Metropolitan
· Minor Publishers A B
· Minor Publishers C D
· Minor Publishers E G
· Minor Publishers H L
· Minor Publishers M P
· Minor Publishers Q T
· Minor Publishers U Z
· Unidentified Publishers
Checklist of Curt Teich Linen Comic Postcards. (Thomas
O. Garnhart/2005): Contains more than 1,500 listings with descriptions
and valuations. (65 pages; softbound with stapled edge.) #750401.
The Birth and Development of American Postcards. (Dr. Daniel Friedman/2003): This insightful volume provides the reader with an invaluable history, catalog, and price guide. The volume is illustrated extensively with pictures of all major types and varieties of Pioneer Postcards, and is the result of over 10 years of determined research by the author. His work offers the first historical glimpse into this murky past with sensitivity, clarity, and an organizational framework that ties many loose ends together.
The book chronicles some of the early struggles of our nation and draws from several fields of inquiry including postal history, printing, and illustrating. The role of the U.S. Postal Service is critically examined and several conclusions are drawn. The author provides two chapters that carefully guide us through the many growth stages of American Pioneer Postcards and finishes with a Comprehensive Catalog.
Chapter 1 discusses the Early Pioneer Postcard Period from 1861-1893 and includes both privately printed postcards and government postal cards. Chapter 2 deals with the Classic Pioneer Postcard Period, starting with the impact of the World's Columbian Exposition (which began in Chicago on May 1, 1893) and ending on June 30, 1898, during the Spanish American War.
Detailed explanations and numerous illustrations clarify the development of various types of Pioneer Postcards including Business Advertising, Correspondence, Expositions, Souvenir Views, and Topicals. The role of the U.S. Postal Service is critically examined and several conclusions drawn.
The volume provides collectors with relatively complete checklists of the postcards published during the Classic Pioneer Period. The book includes the postcards of the major publishers: Albertype, American Souvenir Card Company, American Souvenir Company, Chisholm Brothers, E. A. Grimm & Company, Charles Haspelmeth, George Hollister, Albert Kayser, Herman Kohle, Theodor Kreh, E. C. Kropp, Arthur Livingston, Ed Lowey, H. A. Rost, M. Seckel, Souvenir Postal Card Company, Star Printing Company, Ferdinand Strauss, Universal Postal Card Company, and Walter Wirths, as well as numerous other smaller publishers. Postcard overprints are cross referenced with their original listings in the Comprehensive Catalog (Chapter 3).
The Appendix includes Definitions, Hints on How To Identify Pioneer Postcards, Visual Guide to Government Postal Cards, After the Pioneers, Excluded Postcards, an extensive subject based Index, and a Bibliography.
This book provides detailed explanations and illustrations
which clarify the development of the four types of Pioneer Postcards
including Advertising, Correspondence, Expositions, Souvenir Views,
and Topicals with an invaluable history, catalog, and price guide
to early American Postcards that were printed between 1861 and
1898. (380 pages; softbound.) #741101. $39.00.
Linen Postcards, Images of the American Dream. (Mark Werther and Lorenzo Mott): Mark Werther is an architect, an orchid grower and a consultant. Lorenzo Mott is a career diplomat and holds the position of Italian Consul for Philadelphia.
They approach the subject of Linen postcards from markedly different perspectives. Mott focuses on theoretical concepts and discusses Linen postcards as prime examples of a pure form of American Art. Werther considers the cards for the visual impact of graphic, architectural, and color characteristics, and for the technical qualities of production and variations among manufacturers.
Their accomplished and widely traveled backgrounds, in concert with unique philosophical outlooks, has resulted in the creation of this rich, broad-based book. Over 500 high quality color images, offering 25 categories of Linen postcards, are included. Chapters on evaluation of cards, collecting information, care of Linen cards, and descriptions of manufacturers and distributors provide invaluable information for both the beginner and experienced collector. Insight is provided on the creation and manufacturing of the early Linen postcards with a prime example of one of Curt Teich's Linen cards, showing the development process.
Well-known Linen postcard columnist, collector, and dealer,
Don Preziosi provides the book forward. An interview with Larry
Tichnor, last surviving of three brothers who operated Colourpicture
in Cambridge, Massachusetts is included. Tichnor generously provided
information about the climate of production of Linen postcards
as well as insights into many technical areas. (151 pages; hardbound.)
Deluxe Limited Edition with Special Cover & Signature Page:
Standard Edition: #741103. $46.00.
ALSO SEE BELOW: the companion price guide to the above book, available separately, or at a special price when purchased with the book.
Linen Postcards PRICE GUIDE 2004. (Mark Werther and Lorenzo Mott): Includes descriptions and valuations of all of the cards in Linen Postcards, Images of the American Dream. The authors maintained and even expanded their interest in great Linens. 2003 market observations and acquisitions reinforced their belief that thousands of great Linen images were available and will be available for many years. Werther and Mott were excited with their Linen acquisitions and reproduced a selected cross section of 100 exceptional cards and Stunners in color in this heavy weight paper addendum. (24 pages; softbound.) #741104. $16.00.
SPECIAL PRICING on the Linen Postcard
Book (described above) combined with the Linen Postcard Price
Deluxe Limited Edition with Special Cover & Signature Page WITH Price Guide: #741105. $64.00.
Standard Edition WITH Price Guide: #741106. $54.00.
The Encyclopedia of Antique Postcards. (Susan Brown
Nicholson): Covers everything you ever wanted to know about postcards,
from starting a collection to becoming a dealer. Plus, it provides
in-depth coverage of more than 100 collecting categories, complete
with prices for each category. Offers comprehensive information
on restoration, preservation and framing. Includes more than 1,000
photos of postcards for easy identification. Ideal for beginning
and advanced collectors alike. (288 pages; softbound.) Our source has ONLY 4 COPIES remaining. #970388.
Oregon Historic Images. (Helbock): Contains 111 high resolution (400 dpi) tiff images of real photo postcards dating from 1910 through the 1940s from the State of Oregon. These represent the cream of a collection assembled over a period of two decades by Richard Helbock and feature numerous classic small town street scenes; early 20th century transportation (including river steamers, stage coaches, and horse drawn wagons); and classic post offices. The collection is heavily weighted toward views from the Oregon coast from Astoria to Brookings. All images are available at 400 dpi and should be suitable for making 8x10-inch prints. #730203. $19.95.
To see a list of other reference literature available on
CD-ROM, CLICK HERE.
Artist-Signed Postcard Price Guide/2nd Edition. (J.L.
Mashburn): Written and compiled specifically for those interested
in artist-drawn (whether signed or unsigned) postcards published
from 1898 to 1950. It is a very comprehensive, easy to use reference,
containing works of the World's greatest, as well as minor postcard
artists (both U.S. and Foreign), and lists many near complete
checklists with values of each card. This new edition of The Artist-Signed
Postcard Price Guide' is the first since 1992. The book may be
used as a tool to aid in the search by both new and experienced
collectors to find, evaluate and identify the tiny works of art
that are available for their pleasure in this very exciting hobby!
Listings for over 2,300 artists; many checklists; 670 images.
(480 pages; softbound; 6x9".) #731001. $25.00.
Black Postcard Price Guide. (J.L. Mashburn): The second
edition of this work is greatly enlarged and values are updated
where warranted. 700 of the images are new to this edition! The
exciting categories include Artist Signed (with many checklist
additions); Unsigned Artists; Advertising; Real Life with many
additions; Real Photos (great changes and new prices); Sports
(many additions); Entertainers; Topicals; and two brand new chapters
on Social History and Lynching. (400 pages; softbound; 6x9";
730 postcard images.) #770301. $26.00.
Fantasy Postcards with Price Guide. (J.L. Mashburn):
A comprehensive reference with extensive listings of Fantasy postcards
- U.S. and foreign from 1900 to 1940 - with checklists of many
artists with numbered sets and series. Thirteen chapters: Fairies,
Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes, Dressed Animals, Mermaids, Teddy Bears,
Santas, Krampus, Wagner Opera Figures, Fantasy Nudes, Death Fantasy,
Halloween, Hold-to-Light and a Miscellaneous section with more
than 50 motifs. Includes price guide values. We have merchant
returned copies & used copies only. We will ship the best
copy available. (352 pages; softbound; 6x9"; over 650 postcard
images.) #970392. $25.00.
Sports Postcard Price Guide. (J.L. Mashburn): A comprehensive
reference, with sections on baseball, basketball, football, golf,
billiards, bowling, horse racing, and more! 900+ illustrations;
pricing for thousands of cards. (480 pages; softbound; 6x9".)
Postcards, 1897-1940. (John H. Grainger/1992): Illustrates
more than 200 Alaska postcards of people, natives, animals, shipwrecks,
volcanoes, totems, glaciers, ships, gold-rush scenes, and other
unusual postcards, including leather, aluminum, birch bark, etc.
More than 10,000 Alaska postcards were published prior to 1940,
and this book identifies many of the rare types, including private
mailing cards, real photo postcards, hand-colored types, and more.
The directory first lists the the Alaska publisher, then the printer's
name. If a publisher is unknown, the cards are listed by printer.
An index of publishers and printers is included for easy reference.
The book contains background information on many of the early
Alaska publishers, and additional information about their cards
is provided as well. A rarity factor is shown for each card, based
on the author's 35 years of experience in collecting Alaska postcards,
and studying other major collections. (156 pages; unbound, 3-hole
punched.) #980201. $30.00.
Raphael Kirchner and His Postcards. (Antonio and Pia
Dell'Aquila/1996): Opening with an in-depth biography of art nouveau
artist Raphael Kirchner, this study includes a comprehensive checklist
of Kirchner's postcards as issued by several publishers. The checklist
is divided into three distinct periods which reflect his life
and career influences. The collector is aided by three indexes
and a price guide that converts prices into five currencies, along
with a stunning and abundant array of postcards reproduced both
in color and in black and white. (230 pages; softbound.) #970407.
The Postcards of Alphonse Mucha. (Q. David Bowers &
Mary L. Martin/1980): This comprehensive numerical checklist is
the definitive work on some of the most beautiful postcards in
the world: those illustrated by Alphonse Mucha. Features black
& white illustrations of all cards, with accompanying decriptions
and rarity factors, as well as a valuation guide. Long-established
as the standard reference on the subject, this essential book
has been out of print for some time, but we have access to a limited
number of copies from the author's own stock. (113 pages; softbound.)
Motorcycling Through History, During the Golden Age of Postcards.
(Jerry S. Hooker/2004): Since the birth of the motorcycle, postcards
have been there to document the history of these marvelous machines.
This book is dedicated to the history of motorcycles as seen on
pre-1940 postcards. Postcard collectors and motorcycle lovers
will be fascinated by the range of material that was available
in the last century and is now portrayed in this unique book.
More than 700 full color images are shown, and you don't even
have be a motorcycle lover to enjoy them. With the tremendous
growth in the popularity of motorcycles, and the huge interest
in postcard collecting, this book would make a wonderful addition
to anyone's library. Chapters include: American Cycles, European
Cycles, Racing, Sidecars, Advertising, Holidays, Military, Humorous.
All cycles are identified, with descriptive text and historical
data. Stamp boxes are also shown. Includes a price guide, is fully
indexed, and includes a bibliography as well as postcard resources.
Illustration above shows book cover opened flat, with front cover
at right, back cover at left. (262 pages; 8 1/2" x 11"
hardbound with dust jacket.) #740505. $45.00.
Postcard History of Topeka. (Don Harmon/1999): Illustrates
298 old postcards (with 23 in full color) showing 20th Century
scenes from the Kansas capital. Compiled and edited by Topeka
native Don Harmon, the book provides a pictorial view of the city's
development and progress from the early 1900's forward. Most of
the images are from 1920 and earlier, but later examples are included
as well, such as those which show the effects of the 1966 tornado
on Washburn University. (112 pages; hardbound). #700303. $32.00.
Reflections of Kansas, 1900-1930: A Prairie Postcard Album.
(Frank Wood & Scott Daymond/1988): One of the best state books
published, it contains more than 300 postcard illustrations, the
vast majority which are from clear, real-photo cards. Designed
to resemble a postcard album, the cards and their lengthy, informative
captions are presented in a convenient topical arrangement. There
are two indexes, one of which identifies the photographers when
possible. (112 pages, 9-3/4" x 11-1/4"; hardbound.)
A Postcard Journey Along the Upper Mississippi. (Robert Stumm/1998): This is the culmination of six years of research and discovery. Stumm is a long-time postcard collector with a degree in history. He has spent the past several years writing and giving lectures that combine his love of postcards with his knowledge of regional history. The book contains 200 black-and-white images of pre-1920's postcards with descriptive information accompanying each view. The best of these cards (64 of them) are then reporduced in color in the middle section of the book. Although this work will be of greatest interest to view collectors of the upper Mississippi region, topical collectors of breweries, bridges, ships and mining will not be disappointed. Stumm introduces the reader to the various industries that have sprung up across the region in the past century, which include iron works, meat packing, ice harvesting, flour milling and button manufacturing! Adapted from a review by Morgan S. Rogan. (238 pages, 9" x 7-1/4"; hardbound.) #980402. $25.00.
The Postcards of the Wiener Werkstatte. (Traude Hansen/1982): A nearly complete reference work to this finest series of artists' postcards. Nearly all the series are illustrated, in black & white. TEXT IN GERMAN. (328 pages; hardbound.) #970427. $90.00.
2000 Catalog of Postcard Artists. (Furio Arrasich/1999): An essential catalog of Italian artists' postcards. Artists are listed alphabetically, with listings of their works, including values. TEXT IN ITALIAN. (192 pages; softbound.) #800701. $55.00.
Neudin 2000. (2000): French postcard catalog, covering the latest market values. TEXT IN FRENCH. (512 pages; hardbound.) #760601. $70.00.
Neudin 1995. (1995): French postcard catalog, covering the latest market values. TEXT IN FRENCH. (512 pages; hardbound.) #971201. $60.00.
The Artistic Postcard / One Hundred Years of Postcards in Russia / Album. (Khudozhestvennaia otkrytka. K stoletiiu otkrytki v Rossii. Al'bom). (M. Y. Chapkuna/1993): Contains full-size, color illustrations of 495 turn-of-the-century Russian postcards. TEXT IN RUSSIAN. (303 pages; hardbound.) #970430. $100.00.
Was This Heaven? A Self-Portrait of Iowa on Early Postcards. (Lyell D. Henry/1995): Travel back to a time and place when life was less complex and the pace was slower, courtesy of 200 photographic postcards depicting scenes in Iowa from 1905 to 1919. A few pages of historical perspective introduce each of the chapters, which are composed of a heavenly selection of postcards with brief captions. The topics include portraits, agriculture, technology, commerce, parades, disasters, recreation and World War I. (255 pages; hardbound.) #970410. $45.00.
Postcards of Hitler's Germany / Volume 1: 1923-1936.
(R. James Bender; 1996): A ten-year study of Third Reich era postcards
has resulted in a multiple volume series of which this is Volume
1, covering the years 1923-1936. Three basic categories of postcards
are covered chronologically: offical issues; "printed to
private order;" and propaganda. These colorful images depict
a mini-history of Nationalist Socialist Germany from numerous
historical events to the complex latticework of German culture
and society. The basic cards are illustrated, and all known variants
are also listed or illustrated, plus special stamps, cancels,
etc., resulting in a collector-friendly postal stationery handbook,
complete with "check-off" boxes. Contains 1,078 photos/illustrations,
with hundreds in full color. (368 pages; hardbound.) #970475.
Postcards of Hitler's Germany / Volume 2: Postal Stationery
/ Printed to Private Order / Propaganda, 1937-1939. (R. James
Bender; 1998): This second volume continues the in-depth study
of Third Reich era postcards. The highly productive years of 1937-1939
are covered in three basic postcard categories: Official issues,
"printed to private order" for special events, and propaganda.
As with Volume 1, all known variations are listed or illustrated,
plus special stamps and cancellations. This collector-friendly
book contains hundreds and hundreds of full-color illustrations.
Postcards are one of the last reasonably priced Third Reich collectibles.
Study them and buy them before they are out of reach. This series
will be your guide. Contains more than 1,200 photos/illustrations.
(360 pages; hardbound.) #980403. $58.00.
Postcards of Hitler's Germany / Volume 3: Postal Stationery
/ Printed to Private Order / Propaganda, 1940-1945. (R. James
Bender): After extensive years of research, the third volume of
this series is available. As with the first two volumes, it chronologically
covers official issues, "printed to private order" for
special events and propaganda cards for the years 1940-1945. For
added interest, the colorful cards from annexed and and occupied
countries are also included: Austria, Bohemia and Moravia, Poland,
Alsace and Lorraine, Latvia, Ukraine, Serbia, Albania, the Island
of Rhodes, just to name a few. This volume will be of particular
value to collectors as it is almost 100% full color, to include
all the imprinted stamps. This allows for close scrutiny of the
various overprints and the identification of the numerous color
variations. If you love the study of postcards, be prepared to
be emersed in more color and variant details than ever before.
Over 1000 cards illustrated; most in color. (304 pages; hardbound.)
Railroad Postcards in the Age of Steam. (H. Roger Grant/1993): This lavish volume is the first general book-length work devoted to the railroad picture postcard. It is comprised of an introductory essay and an album of cards. The former fully examines the nature of the postcard craze, which reached its zenith about 1910, and discusses why images of American railroads played such an important part in the postcard phenomenon. The album divides an engaging assortment of more than 150 representative views (from John Vander Maas' consummate collection at the University of Iowa Libraries) into five sections: Trains and Rolling Stock; Depots and Railway Stations; The Railroad Corridor; People and Railroads; and the Lighter Side of Railroading. Railroad historians, train enthusiasts, postcard collectors and others will find much to interest them in this selection of images. Not only are the cards themselves visually striking, but they convey a sense of how important railroads once were to the nation's citizenry. 162 illustrations. (186 pages; cloth hardbound.) #970411. $34.00.
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