The Postcard FAQ - Section 2

17 October 2004. Minor corrections/updates 9 May 2005.

What are some good postcard magazines?

What are some good books about postcards?

This list has been updated recently. Hopefully it will help folks find items that may be available at their local library, at their local book store, or via interlibrary loan. If you see one of your favorites missing, please let Carl Seiler know.

Sub-sections in this section:
[General Postcard Books, Histories, and Price Guides]
[Local and Regional History]
[Topical Postcards]
[Postcards in Fiction]

General Postcard Books, Histories, and Price Guides

Andrews, Barbara. 1975. A Directory of Post Cards, Artists, Publishers and Trademarks. Irving, Texas: Little Red Caboose.

Burdick, Jefferson R., ed. 1964. Pioneer Post Cards: The Story of Mailing Cards to 1898, with an Illustrated Checklist of Publishers and Titles. Franklin Square, New York: Nostalgia Press.

Carline, Richard. 1972. Pictures in the Post: The Story of the Picture Postcard and its Place in the History of Popular Art. Philadelphia: Deltiologists of America.

Carver, Sally S. 1976. The American Postcard Guide to Tuck. Brookline, Massachusetts: Carves Cards.

Duval, William and Valerie Monahan. 1978. Collecting Postcards in Colour, 1894-1914. Poole [United Kingdom?]: Blandford Press.

Fanelli, Giovanni and Ezio Godoli. 1987. Art Nouveau Postcards. [Translation of La cartolina Art nouveau.] New York: Rizzoli.

Freeman, Larry. 1976. "Wish You Were Here": A Centennial Guide to Postcard Collecting. Watkins Glen, N.Y. : Century House.

Kaduck, John M. 1975a. Mail Memories: Pictorial Guide to Postcard Collecting. Des Moines, Iowa: Wallace-Homestead.

_____. 1975b. Rare and Expensive Postcards: A Price Guide. 2d ed. Des Moines, Iowa: Wallace-Homestead.

_____. 1979. Rare and Expensive Postcards: Book 2. Des Moines, Iowa: Wallace-Homestead.

Klamkin, Marian. 1974. Picture Postcards. Illustrated with Photos. New York: Dodd, Mead.

Lyons, Forrest. 1974. Collectors Guide to Postcards. Gas City, Indiana: L-W Promotions.

Mashburn, J.L. and Emma H. Mashburn, eds. 2001. The Postcard Price Guide: A Comprehensive Reference. 4th Edition. Enka, North Carolina: Colonial House.

McCulloch, Lou W. 1981. Card Photographs: A Guide to Their History and Value. Exton, Pennsylvania: Schiffer.

Monahan, Valerie. 1980. Collecting Postcards in Colour, 1914-1930. Poole [England]: Blandford Press.

Smith, Jack H. 1989. Postcard Companion: The Collector's Reference. Radnor, Pennsylvania: Wallace-Homestead Book Co.

Wolstenholme, George. [1977 or 1978]. Over 900 Things to Know About Postcard Collecting. Mirfield, [England]: West Yorkshire Postcard Centre.

Staff, Frank. 1966. The Picture Postcard & Its Origins. New York: F.A. Praeger.

Local and Regional History

Alva Centennial Commission, Publication Committee and the Permanent Archive Committee of the. 1987. Glimpses of the Past: Early Postcard Views of Alva, Oklahoma. Alva, Oklahoma: The Commission.

Bazin, Jean Francois. 1985. Vivre & Dijon en 1900. Roanne, Le Coteau [France]: Horvath.

Chesney, Allen. 1983. Chattanooga Album: Thirty-Two Historic Postcards. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press.

Crawford, Charles Wann. 1983. Memphis Memories: Thirty-Two Historic Postcards. [Knoxville, Tennessee]: University of Tennessee Press.

Doster, Gary L. ed. 1991. From Abbeville to Zebulon: Early Post Card Views of Georgia. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press.

English, J. S. 1984. The Postcard World of Tennyson. Lincoln, [England]: Lincolnshire Recreational Services, Library Department.

Harding, R. Brewster. 1975. Greetings from Maine: Celebrating America's Bicentennial, 1975-1976. Portland, Maine: Old Port Pub. Co.

Harkey, W. Hugh. 1992. Greetings from Charlotte: A Pictorial Postcard History of Charlotte. Charlotte, North Carolina: Hornet's Nest Productions

Hoobler, James A., ed. 1983. Nashville Memories: Thirty-Two Historic Postcards. [Knoxville, Tennessee]: University of Tennessee Press.

Killen, John. 1985. John Bull's Famous Circus: Ulster History Through the Postcard, 1905-1985. Dublin: O'Brien Press.

Lanz, Phyllis G., ed. 1978. More Old New Jersey Postcards. Rutgers, New Jersey: State University of New Jersey.

Lent, Joy. 1983. Houston Heritage Using Antique Postcards. Houston, Texas: D.H. White & Co.

Malone, Shelley Boyd and Phyllis Bostrom Strunk. 1989. Postcards of Old Key West. Key West, Florida: Malone & Strunk.

Massengill, Stephen E. and Robert M. Topkins. 1988. A North Carolina Postcard Album, 1905-1925. Raleigh, North Carolina: Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources.

Miller, George. 1979. A Pennsylvania Album: Picture Postcards, 1900-1930. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press (Keystone Books).

Morgan, Hal and Andreas Brown. 1981. Prairie Fires and Paper Moons: The American Photographic Postcard, 1900-1920. Boston: D.R. Godine.

Steinhart, Allan L. 1979. The Postal History of the Post Card in Canada, 1871-1911. Toronto: Mission Press.

Thuma, Cynthia. 2001. Palm Beach: In Vintage Postcards. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia.

Vanderwood, Paul J. and Frank N. Samponaro. 1988. Border Fury: A Picture Postcard Record of Mexico's Revolution and U.S. War Preparedness, 1910-1917. Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press.

Topical Postcards

Alderson, Frederick. 1970. The Comic Postcard in English Life. Rutland, Vermont: C. E. Tuttle Co.

Welsch, Roger L. 1976. Tall-Tale Postcards: A Pictorial History. South Brunswick: A. S. Barnes.

Cope, Dawn and Peter Cope. 1978. Illustrators of Postcards from the Nursery. London: East-West Publications.

Kaduck, John. 1976. Transportation Postcards. Des Moines: Wallace-Homestead Book Co.

Lyons, Forrest D. 1975. The Artist Signed Postcard. Gas City, Indiana: L-W Promotions.

Morgan, Hal. 1981. Big Time: American Tall-Tale Postcards. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Nørgaard, Erik. 1969. With Love: The Erotic Postcard. [Translation of Med Kaerlig Hilsen]. London, MacGibbon & Kee.

Rubin, Cynthia Elyce and Morgan Williams. 1990. Larger Than Life: The American Tall-Tale Postcard, 1905-1915. New York: Abbeville Press.

Wolf, Aline D. 1984. Mommy, It's a Renoir!: Art Postcards for Art Appreciation: A Parent and Teacher Handbook. Altoona, Pennsylvania: Parent Child Press.

Postcards in Fiction

Bantock, Nick. 1991. Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

_____ 1992. Sabine's Notebook: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Continues. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

_____ 1993. The Golden Mean: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Concludes. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

_____ 2001. Gryphon: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin and Sabine Is Rediscovered . San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

Proulx, C. Annie. 1996. Postcards. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Williams, Vera B. and Jennifer Williams. 1988. Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea. New York: Greenwillow Books.

What's this about a Curt Teich Museum and Newsletter?

No, it's not a museum. It's the Curt Teich Archives. They provide a quarterly journal, "Image File," for members. I've heard they will field questions on particular cards for a nominal research fee. They also have a guide on dating the cards produced by Curt Teich. Their web site is found at (URL updated)

Write them for more information at:

The Curt Teich Postcard Archives
Lake County Museum
27277 Forest Preserve Drive
Wauconda, IL 60084

What about other museums and collections?

Many libraries and museums have archives and collections of postcards on various topics related to their research goals. Among these are:

If you know of other libraries or museums that have extensive collections of postcards as well as a web site that presents or describes the collection, please email me.

Where can I get a list of postcard dealers?

Check out the list at the International Federation of Postcard Dealers at

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