Rich in both historic and artistic interest, propaganda and military postcards of World War I and World War II are an accessible category for collectors at all levels.. Chatelaine's Antiques Collectibles Appraisals

 

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PROPAGANDA POSTCARDS OF WWI AND WWII
 

Rich in both historic and artistic interest, propaganda and military postcards of World War I and World War II are an accessible category for collectors at all levels.

The acknowledged golden age of collectible postcards (1893-1918) ended with the first World War; prior to that time, Germany had been the primary source of high-quality, inexpensive color processing and printing.  With the coming of the war, America began doing its own printing to make up for the demand, but the available papers and inks didn't match the pre-war quality a fact that discourages many potential collectors.  This, combined with the large volume of cards produced, keeps market values quite reasonable.

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A World War I postcard from the United States
A World War I postcard
from the United States

Especially in the World War I era, the postcard was a primary means of communication.

  You didn't have timely news reports from the battlefield; most homes didn't have radios, and newspapers were printing old news.



Itinerant photographers were taking pictures, printing them and selling them on the street, so the postcards from soldiers depicting bombings of cities and other activities around them were often the most timely news coming home.  Even during WWII, when we had better communications technology, this was still true to some extent.

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You'll find some antique postcards in on-line auctions, but retail availability is quite limited, with only a few stores scattered around the nation.

 


 
Postcards and historic cards can be kept safe and organized in this archival storage kit. Polyethylene bags protect individual cards and dividers help you group and label your collection. Postcard Storage Kit

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