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POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE – VINTAGE TRAVEL MEMORIES

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 Hubby and 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.

Lady by Choice - vintage postcards

Lady by Choice - vintage postcards
 Lady by Choice - vintage postcards
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.
Lady by Choice - vintage postcards
The Grand Canyon, Arizona native, Long Beach, California, and UCLA
Lady by Choice - vintage postcards
 Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming
Lady by Choice - vintage postcards
 San Francisco, California
Lady by Choice - vintage postcards
 The Coachella Valley, the Hotel del Coronado, torrey pines and Balboa Park in San Diego
Lady by Choice - vintage postcards
  New Orleans, Louisiana
Lady by Choice - vintage postcards
London, Windsor Castle and Oxford University in England
These are just a few of my pretty treasures.  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?
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8 responses to “POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE – VINTAGE TRAVEL MEMORIES”

  1. What a nice collection, and a great idea! I collect vintage postcards from the area where I live, especially those people engaged in the out-of-doors.

    • admin says:

      Thank you. I like collecting things about the town I live in too. I found several postcards of a shrine that people used to go to that I had no idea about. Funny what you can learn.

  2. wacky tacky says:

    What a great idea! I love having those bits of ephemera around the house to give it personality and a sense of collected history; even better to keep them all neat and tidy in one place!

    • admin says:

      Thanks! It's a crazy new obsession of mine, but fortunately it doesn't break the bank. And with my tiny house, the more I can keep things contained, the better.

  3. What an absolutely beautiful, impressive collection. I love that you store your cards in a genuine vintage postcard book. If I ever begin to amass a serious collection of yesteryear postcards as well, I'd love to do the same thing.

    ♥ Jessica

    • admin says:

      Aw, thank you. They are nice memories. Of course vintage postcards are not always as funny as modern ones. No postcards of jackalopes or dogs wearing bandanas and cowboy hats.

  4. That's a wonderful collection! You are super organized with them too which I'm sure allows you to enjoy them even more.

    • admin says:

      Thank you! It's nice to flip through them every now and again. Of course now I have a new obsession when I go to flea markets. If I see vintage postcards, better stand back!

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