A deltiologist, or a postcard collector, is a chronicler of memories and keeper of intimate messages. In the late 1890s and early 1900s, postcards started to be issued globally, even though they had been circulated sparingly since the 1860s. They were both a new form of visual
expression and a significant means of advertising or promoting places. Thus postcards always reflected their historical period: landscapes, fantasy creations, various greetings, railway and shipping themes but also depicted contemporary works of art from their era. The early 20th century is generally considered to be the Golden Age of Postcards. Nowadays, it is one of the world’s most popular collectable hobbies along with coin and stamp collecting. Amongst the most collectable postcards are: Victorian postcards, postcards sent from the Titanic and unusual Santa Claus postcards.Condition is an extremely important to consideration when buying postcards. The paper content and consistency can be a good starting point to establish the postcard's authenticity. Sometimes, the main constituent of the postcard's value comes from what is written on the back rather than what was printed on the front, e.g. signatures or messages from famous people.
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