Users' questions

What do you call a person who collects postcards?

What do you call a person who collects postcards?

Deltiologists, as postcard collectors are called, collect for a variety of reasons. A number of artists have become recognized for the creation of postcards and certain publishers specialize in the production and printing of picture postcards.

What do you do with a postcard collection?

You can sell a whole postcard collection as vintage ephemera, or specific cards. Some sellers frame vintage postcards and display them as art. Sell your cards through an auction house.

How do you know if a postcard is valuable?

Rarity. As with all antique items, rarity brings up the value of postcards. If only a few of the cards were printed or only a small number have survived the ages, your card may be very valuable. However, rarity goes hand-in-hand with other characteristics; if only a single card was printed, that makes it rare.

Is collecting postcards a hobby?

Deltiology is the official term for collecting (and studying) postcards. The third largest hobby after collecting stamps and money, X Research source collecting postcards can be a very rewarding pastime that can be as broad or as narrow as you’d like, and can be undertaken absolutely anywhere in the world.

Is collecting a form of OCD?

On Hoarders, collecting junk is maladaptive behavior that is a form of mental illness related to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). On Pickers similar people appear to be smart businessmen who enjoy buying and collecting old junk as a kind of hobby and as a way of earning money by selling what they accumulate.

What do you call someone who collects spoons?

Most names for collectors are based on the appropriate Greek root-word together with ‘phile’, the Greek for ‘lover of’. Thus an ‘arctophile’ is a teddy-bear lover/collector. On that basis, a spoon-collector would be a ‘koutalophile’.

Is it worth keeping old postcards?

The value of old postcards is affected by many variable factors, but demand, condition and rarity often have the greatest influence on how much a postcard’s worth. Childhood Memories: A beautiful postcard by Scottish artist Jessie King (1875 – 1949) from a set of 6 depicting nursery rhymes in an art nouveau style.

Are unused postcards more valuable?

All unused postcards have some value. However, an unused one would be of more value to a deltiologist more so than a philatelist or postal historian due to lacking a postmark and / or stamp(s).

Which stamps are worth money?

The 10 Most Valuable U.S. Stamps

  • The Inverted Jenny.
  • 1847 Issue Block of 16 of Ben Franklin.
  • Almanac Stamp of 1765 or 1766.
  • ‘Blue Boy’ Alexandria Postmaster’s Provisional.
  • 1869 Pictorials—Inverted Center Errors.
  • 5 Myths About Slavery.
  • Two-Cent Blue Hawaiian Missionary.
  • 1860 Stolen Pony Cover.

Are old postmarks valuable?

A postmark from a bygone era like machine postmarks from manufacturers no longer in existence to hand cancels from devices not used any longer will likely fetch anywhere from a few dollars to $20, but can go much higher. Nineteenth century covers will often fetch around $10 to $20 and up.

Do people still collect post cards?

It can seem surprising but postcard collecting, or more serious sounding deltiology, is the third largest collecting hobby after philately and numismatics. As you can see, postcards are still quite popular.

How many types of postcards are there?

Available in two varieties: Single & reply post card.