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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Beautiful BIRTHDAYS - Collecting Fabulous Inexpensive Postcards

When you have been collecting postcards for a number of years, special interests may attract  your attention - you may be drawn to art deco advertising, famous artists, or exposition postcards, just to name a few expensive specialities.  But suppose you are just starting out, not sure you want to invest in pricey postcards.  Or perhaps you are introducing a child to the pleasures of collecting postcards and don't want to risk damage to top-end collectibles...There are many wonderful postcards in the inexpensive Greetings category that might suit your purposes - here are some fabulous examples that can be found for just a few dollars.  Most of these are birthday postcards - you can also find Congratulations, Best Wishes and similar greetings with great designs.

All of the postcards shown here were published in Germany.  The top four have rich embossing, brilliant colors and lavish gold added to the images.  Displayed together they present a dazzling feast of eye-candy!

On the four postcards above, the birthday greetings are embossed on gold backgrounds - big red roses and other blossoms add exceptional colors to the designs.

The second type of greetings I especially like are the fantasy images sometimes referred to as "floral objects" for obvious reasons.  Especially suitable for a child's collection, there are images of houses, all sorts of vehicles and, as shown below, more esoteric designs, all fashioned of flowers.  These feature very detailed embossing, sometimes with delicate gold highlights.

Below are heart-embellished silver and gold automobiles filled with giant flowers, made especially eye-catching with metallic inks and outstanding colors.   

We end with an example of one of my favorite motifs - a white dove perched in a floral setting, carrying good wishes.  Rich embossing, brilliant colors and delicate gold highlights make these especially pretty.  There are many with this elegant theme and they look magnificent displayed together - a multiple-opening frame can easily be adapted to accommodate these with our custom-cut mats made to fit antique postcards.  These postcards and our mats can be found in our eBay store - just click the link at the bottom of the blog to reach postcardiva. 


  1. I have collected many special topics, but I still like to buy beautiful cheap cards like these.

    1. Me, too...I have three lovely and inexpensive bird postcards from the same series framed together and on display.

  2. Beautiful cards. Germany was at the cutting edge of postcard technology -- and then people stopped buying German cards during World War I.

  3. I have heard, although I don't know if it's true, that the printing factories were destroyed during the war...a loss in any case! The quality of printing on these cards was truly remarkable...