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THE POSTCARD YEARS

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As a small child we had an old green steamer trunk. We called it “The Green Trunk”. I would love to go through all the papers, pictures and other things. My favorite was postcards. I would get my mother to read the captions to me. After awhile she got tired of this and said that I would be going to school soon and I could learn to read them myself. I ask her if I learned to read them could I have some for myself. When I was seven I could read pretty well and I ask for my cards. Mother let me get 10 or 12. I also found some at my grandmothers who gave them to me. By the time I was a teenager I had a cigar box full. I liked to look at them and imagine I was at those places.

I neglected them after I became a teenager, but held on to the box of cards. In the late 1960’s we moved into the house on James Street. There was a couple of postcard albums in a closet along with other stuff. I ask the landlord about them and he said throw them away if they were in the way. This renewed my interest in postcards and I added them to my childhood collection.

In the 1970’s I would got to the Long Beach Coin and Stamp Show to do coin business. When I was done, I would go to the stamp section where many of the stamp dealers had boxes of postcards. I had no idea what I was buying so would up with a lot of common cards.

During the “Gold Rush” of the late 70’s and early 1980’s I would ask people coming in to sell gold and silver if they had any old postcards. Many did, and I started buying quite a few. I paid way to much, but did buy some great Macon cards. I remember in 1978 I was on the way to coin show in Indianapolis with Frank Howard and Ritchie Clay. I spent the entire trip trying to talk them in getting into postcards to no avail.

By 1981 Frank had become interested in cards because many of the banks that issued banknotes he collected was on postcards. Frank told me there was a postcard show coming up in Saint Petersburg. Frank, Joe Appling, and my self decided to go down to see what it was about.

We got there the second day of the show and I was impressed to see a hundred or so people waiting to get in. A typical coin show on the second day might have four or five waiting. It was in an old National Guard Armory and there was perhaps 36 dealers. I walked around and bought a few cards, then I can on this table where all the cards were one dollar each. The couple at the booth told me they were retired

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