The popularity of the picture postcard reached its peak in Edwardian times. Millions were sent through the post each year and large numbers were purchased simply for their intrinsic interest. Few homes were without a picture postcard album which took pride of place on the parlour table for all to see. Hundreds of firms published postcards and, in the intense competition to satisfy what amounted to a collecting craze, artists and photographers had a field day, providing views of every town and village in the country, cartoonists produced a spate of comic cards and great ingenuity was shown in the production of novelty cards. In recent years there has been a revival of this interest. Attics have been searched for old albums and specialist postcard auctions and fairs attract hundreds of collectors, most of whom specialize in a particular field, assembling views of their own district or cards showing, for example, tramcars, steam engines, fairgrounds or ocean liners. Others collect out of sheer nostalgia. This dictionary covers the whole field, providing information about artists, designers, photographers and printers, as well as about the categories of card now recognised by collectors and dealers alike. Examples are illustrated, many in colour, and all who are interested in picture postcards of the past should find this work a useful source of information.
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Book Description Antique Collectors' Club, (Woodbridge, Suffolk, England), 1984. stiff paper wrappers. 4to. stiff paper wrappers. 310, (2) pages. Table of contents, list of color plates, list of abbreviations and conventions, ackowledgments, three appendices, select bibliography. Color frontispiece and 23 color plates in text. Bent at corners and edges. Back cover torn at top fore-edge corner with piece of cover missing. Bookseller Inventory # 125606
Book Description Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, first edition, 1984, 1984. Laminated illustrated wrappers , 4to, 28 cm 310,  pp, ills. From the introduction: "This dictionary is an attempt to gather together relevant facts about the artists, photographers, printers and publishers who were responsible for the vast output of picture postcards sold in Britain between 1894 and the start of World War II.It is not easy to date a postcard. . It is hoped that this dictionary may provide collectors with useful clues." Front wrapper quite creased, otherwise Good. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-38602
Book Description Antique Collectors Club, Suffolk, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Card covers in tidy condition. Bookseller Inventory # 043505
Book Description Antique Collector's Club, 1984. Softcover, 312 pages; very good condition; light creases to spine; no internal marks. Foreign shipping may be extra. Bookseller Inventory # ThCoAn25
Book Description Antique Collectors' Club, 1984. 1st edition large 4to and VG+ in card covers. No marks. Postage may be extra outside the UK. Bookseller Inventory # 25659
Book Description ACC Art Books 1986, 1986. Book Condition: Fine. Paperback. Fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # A173808