I’ve loved collecting postcards since I was a child. My sister used to travel a lot and she would send me postcards from every state she traveled to. Living in a little 90-year-old house, I’ve collected several little accents to make my vintage house a home. One of those little treasures is an antique postcard book I purchased over a decade ago. I initially bought it to put my postcard collection in. However, modern postcards are much larger than vintage postcards were, so they never fit. I then thought it would be fun to collect vintage postcards from all of the places I have ever traveled, so I scour the postcards I find at flea markets to find old places that we’ve visited.
I’ve gathered quite a collection and I am still looking for that elusive card that would be the perfect addition. Fortunately the book has lots of pages, so I don’t have to worry about running out of room any time soon. I think you are only supposed to have two cards per page, so all four corners of the card can be trapped in the little photo corner, but I like to use both the back and the front of the page so I can squeeze more cards in.I also like to collect cards from places around Los Angeles showing what Southern California used to look like, such as Laguna Beach and the Malibu Coastline, the Griffith Planetarium, and orange groves.
These are just a few of my pretty treasures. There are many more, such as those showcasing Hawaii. My next project is to take all of our vintage family photos, the really old ones, scan them and put them in a vintage photo album. Then I plan on taking some of our current photos, giving them a sepia tone and putting them in with the heritage photos. How do you collect and preserve your antique memories?