On Collecting Postcards

outsider art postcardCollecting postcards is the third largest collectible hobby in the world. Postcards have been around for a long time, cover innumerable subjects and are very affordable. Some of the earliest postcards date back to the 1860s.

Most of us collect postcards out of nostalgia – to reminisce about a certain time or a certain place. Historians use them to interpret the history of a town or place, and some genealogists use them to help document family histories. Still others have used postcard images for creating note cards, invitations, bulletin boards, store displays, etc. One passionate collector even used postcards to wallpaper her bathroom! The possible uses of postcards are endless and are limited only by your imagination.

For some, postcard collecting is all about the thrill of the hunt – whether it’s the perfect one or as many as possible. I collect artist’s postcards and I find it a challenge since most artists today are reticent about selling them out of fear of devaluing their work. There is probably some truth to that premise.

Postcards, by their very nature are meant to be shared and I send out many each year to friends, family, and supporters of my artwork. I offer many on my website – https://www.monropaintings.com/postcardsoutsider art postcard

The request I get most often is for me to mail the card from our local post office here in Tubac, Arizona because of its reputation as an art community. I am happy to do this; just be sure to let me know whether to mail them directly (for the Tubac postmark) or shipped under separate cover (pristine and unmarked). Provide me with a message and I will add it to the card, and sign and date it.

I enjoy collecting postcards and if any readers know of working artists offering postcards, please let me know!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I send postcards to anyone who wants one, any place reachable by the post office! I think it’s just the thing to do. I have done lots of mail art things over the years and enjoyed it. I’d love to exchange if you would like. My email is claudiamcgillart@gmail.com; tell me your (actual world) address there and I’ll send.


    1. Cindy Monro says:

      I would love it. I’ll send you an email…

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