How did our grandparents share family news before Facebook? And how did their parents send birthday greetings before Hallmark? For many millions, the answer was postcards. The tradition of sending postcards did not appear out of thin air. The global postal system made a number of innovations during the 1800s that helped create this new postal age. One such innovation was the introduction of uniform penny postage stamps in Great Britain in 1840 to make mail delivery easy and affordable. The simple cardboard rectangles were chosen, written on, read, saved and treasured worldwide from about 1900-1950. They were inexpensive, readily available, and very effective for sharing news and sentiments.
Jim Buzza, a longtime postcard collector and dealer from Decorah, will present a program on the history of postcards and their popularity at the Cresco Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at Cresco Public Library Program Room. The program, free and open to the public, will touch on the art and business of the postcard world and how cards factored in everyday family life as well as national politics and international business. If you have an interest in postcard collecting, or viewing historic postcards, or are just curious about how postcards came to be, this program is free to attend.
As with most antiques, some postcards are more valuable than others. People attending the talk are invited to bring along cards rescued from family attics to have them identified and roughly appraised. No cards will be bought or sold at the program. The Cresco Public Library is accessible for all people.