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Collecting Postcards
Written by Catherine Davis   

Collecting postcards, or Deltiology, is the third most popular collecting hobby in the world after stamps and coins.

Postcards are accessible, affordable antiques and there are plenty of themes and types to choose from. You may be drawn to a particular subject such as royalty or railways, collect postcards for their comic or artistic merits or simply have a nostalgic interest.

Postcards were once sent as frequently as e-mails are today, and the picture, stamp, postmark and message can all combine to give an intriguing glimpse of social history. You might collect postcards that depict famous personalities and events from a certain era or scenes of your local area in times gone by.

Over recent years, modern postcards with contemporary designs have become popular as future collectibles. Whilst these are available on the High Street, antique shops, collectors fairs and flea markets are great places to find vintage material and meet fellow enthusiasts. You can also discuss, buy and trade postcards on line at internet auction sales.

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