Listed here are some of the postcard history books that I have had for sale in the past. I thought the information contained in my listings would be of interest to you. I will be expanding this list in the furture based upon other bibliographies that I have
1. Baeder, John, GAS, FOOD, AND LODGING - A POSTCARD ODYSSEY, THROUGH THE GREAT AMERICAN ROADSIDE, Abbeville Press Publishers, NY, (1986) 3rd ptg, B&W and color ill., 132pp, very good+, softcover edition, First published in 1982 - this is an outstanding postcard collection of what life used to be, and we wish it was again!
2. Carver, Sally S., THE AMERICAN POSTCARD GUIDE TO TUCK, Carves Cards, Brookline, MA, (1980), B&W illustrations, 76pp, very good, wraps (softcover), First published in 1976, this copy is third printing with completely revised prices. Includes a history of the Raphael Tuck & Sons Company, a glossary of Tuck's Printing Processes, and then discusses the various categories of their cards.
3. Grant, H. Roger, RAILROAD POSTCARDS IN THE AGE OF STEAM, University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, (1994) 1st ptg, over 150 B&W reproductions, 208pp, fine w/fine dustjacket
4. Hall, Wade, GREETINGS FROM KENTUCKY: A POST CARD TOUR, 1900-1950, Univ. Press of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, (1994), B&W and color ill., 208pp, fine w/fine dustjacket, Without leaving home, let Wade Hall lead you on an armchair trip through time and place with this gathering of more than 500 vintage picture post cards of Kentucky.,
5. Hammond, Paul, FRENCH UNDRESSING: NAUGHTY POSTCARDS FROM 1900 TO 1920, Bloomsbury Books, London, (1988), B&W and color illustrations, 136pp, very good w/good dustjacket, The author selected more than two hundred naughtier picture postcards, and describes how they were produced, who made them, who bought them, and why they look as they do.
6. Hebert, Ernest, GREETINGS FROM NEW ENGLAND: A GLIMPSE AT THE PAST THROUGH POSTCARDS, Graphic Arts Center Pub. Co., Portland, OR, (1988), great color reproductions, 112pp, very good w/very good dustjacket, A glorious celebration of the New England region through wonderful reproductions of early twentieth-century picture postcards. Text provides colorful commentary on these postcards, highlighting the enchantment of this colorful region in all of its turn-of-the-century charm
7. Holt, Tonie and Holt, Valmai, PICTURE POSTCARDS OF THE GOLDEN AGE: A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE, Deltiologists of America, Folsom, PA, (1971) 1st ed, 32pp B&W ill, 8pp in color, 214pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), The author's primary concern is to give practical advice to the collector: where to find cards and how to go about starting a collection, how to restore and classify, how to value and date. All the major types of postcards are covered.
8. Kaduck, John M., RARE AND EXPENSIVE POSTCARDS, BOOK 2, Wallace-Homestead Book Co., Des Moines, IA, (1979), B&W ill., 134pp, very good, wraps (softcover), ISBN 0870692674 Includes Revised Price Guide for Book I. From Advertising Cards to Woven Silks, the author includes hundreds of cards in every category, all illustrated and priced.
9. Klamkin, Marian, PICTURE POSTCARDS, Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, (1974), B&W and color illustrations, 192pp, good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0396068898 In this book an experienced collector and writer conveys the adventure of postcard collecting, including chapters on the history of cards, their publishers, artists, and the themes that inspired them such as expositions, greetings, novelties, views, children, comedy, disaster, patriotism, advertising, coins and stamps
10. Miller, George and Miller, Dorothy, PICTURE POSTCARDS IN THE UNITED STATES 1893-1918, Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., New York, (1976) 1st ed, 71 color, over 125 B&W ill., 280pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0517524007 An exhaustive and meticulously researched story of the development of the postcard in America. A MUST IN THE POSTCARD COLLECTOR'S LIBRARY!!
11. Monahan, Valerie, AN AMERICAN POSTCARD COLLECTOR'S GUIDE, Blandford Press, Poole, Dorset, England, (1981), ill., 128pp, vg w/vg dj
12. Morgan, Hall & Brown, Andreas, PRAIRIE FIRES AND PAPER MOONS: THE AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHIC POSTCARD: 1900-1920, David R. Godine Publisher, Boston, 1981 (1st), ill., 192pp
13. Morgan, Lane, GREETINGS FROM WASHINGTON: A GLIMPSE AT THE PAST THROUGH POSTCARDS (PLEASE NOTE: WASHINGTON STATE NOT DC), Graphic Arts Center Pub. Co., Portland, OR, (1988), color ill., 112pp, very good w/very good dustjacket, This book faithfully reproduces the original picture postcards of the places, events, and even the people who were the movers and shakers in Washington from the turn of the century through World War II.
14. Nicholson, Susan Brown, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANTIQUE POSTCARDS, Wallace-Homestead Book Co., Radnor, PA, (1994) 1st ptg, 1100+ postcards ill in B&W, 277pp, fine, wraps (softcover), Covers more than 100 categories of postcards from the Golden Age (1898-1918), including artists from Attwell to Wayne and topics from Aviation to the Zodiac. Each category includes a brief history and examples of typical postcards. Includes a "price guide.",
15. Ouellette, William & Jones, Barbara, EROTIC POSTCARDS, Excalibur Books, New York, (1977), over 250 B&W and color ill., 127pp, good w/good dustjacket, A collection of over 250 postcards illustrated (83 in color), which shocked, entertained, or titillated our Victorian and Edwardian ancestors. Subjects range from pin-ups to puns, from straight photographs to beautifully drawn Art Nouveau cards
16. Range, Thomas E., THE BOOK OF POSTCARD COLLECTING, E. P. Dutton, NY, (1980) 1st ed, B&W ill., 171pp, good w/chipped dustjacket, Designed as a fundamental guide to answer most of the whys and wherefores of collecting picture postcards, this book is written with expertise by a veteran stamp collector who has also formed a collection of over 10,000 postcards. I have a copy of this book in my own collection, and am extremely fortunate to own the futuristic Coney Island postcard illustrated on the front cover, and the scarce Pan-American Expostion postcard on the rear cover.
17. Rubin, Cynthia Elyce and Williams, Morgan, LARGER THAN LIFE: THE AMERICAN TALL-TALE POSTCARD, 1905-1915, Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, (1990) 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 132pp, very good w/good+ dustjacket, inscribed by both authors, Exaggeration to prove a point has long been a key element in America's visual and storytelling heritage, and in most rural parts the "liars' bench" was a common fixture outside the courthouse or general store. Humorously capturing many facets of life in turn-of-the-century small-town America, the tall-tale postcard vividly bears witness to a challenging era of inventiveness and creativity in coping with life's vicissitudes.
18. Ryan, Dorothy B., PICTURE POSTCARDS IN THE UNITED STATES 1893-1918 - UPDATED EDITION WITH A REVISED AND UPDATED PRICE GUIDE, Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., New York, (1982), 125+ B&W ill, 71 color ill., 280pp, very good, wraps (softcover), ISBN 0517545888 First published in 1976, here is the fully illustrated history of the development of the picture postcard in America. Emphasizing the postcard's importance as a source of historical data, this book discussed every type of postcard produced between 1893 and 1918, including signed artist cards, adpostals, pioneer view-cards, holiday greeting cards, special card sets, and government issues. A "MUST HAVE" FOR THE POSTCARD COLLECTOR!
19. Smith, Jack H., POSTCARD COMPANION: THE COLLECTOR'S REFERENCE, Wallace-Homestead, Radnor, PA, (1989), B&W and color ill., 374pp, fine, brown cloth, Good source book on all aspects of postcard collecting.,
20. Sprague, Marshall, GREETINGS FROM COLORADO: A GLIMPSE AT THE PAST THROUGH POSTCARDS, Graphic Arts Center Pub. Co., Portland, OR, (1988), great color reproductions, 112pp, very good w/good+ dj, Colorado picture postcards from 1900 to 1950 are wonderfully reproduced. Text by Marshall Sprague, one of Colorado's most knowledgeable historians, includes anecdotes and legends that bring to life the charm of a bygone era
21. Staff, Frank, THE PICTURE POSTCARD & ITS ORIGINS, Lutterworth Press, London, (1966), B&W and color ill., 96pp, good w/chipped dustjacket, First published in 1966. A well-known postcard historian provides a full and fascinating account of the origins and development of the picture postcard. An excellent source!!!
22. Staff, Frank, PICTURE POSTCARDS AND TRAVEL - A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE, Lutterworth Press, Guildford & London, (1979), 290 B&W and color ill., 96pp, very good w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), The history of postcards runs parallel with that of travel and rapid communication. The great travel agents, such as Thomas Cook, American Express, Georges Nagelmackers, and Henry Lunn, made mass travel popular; modern transport - trains, steamers, ocean liners, cards and aeroplanes - made it possible. Frank Staff, the well-known postal historian, here tells the story of the establishment of the travel business and the development of the postcard publishing industry, and is so doing reveals the wide scope for collecting in many fields of interest. He also shows how the social history of the past hundred years, whether it be in humour or fashion, transport or architecture, village life or a holiday scene, is accurately depicted in the postcards of the time.
23. Stein, Geoffrey N. (introduction by Janet Kimmerly), WHERE'S THE FIRE?: AMERICAN FIREFIGHTERS IN PICTURE POSTCARDS CIRCA 1910, The Vestal Press, Ltd., Vestal, NY, (1992) 1st ptg, over 200 B&W ill., 108pp, fine, wraps (softcover), Postcards from the collection of Dave and Christie Bowers
24. Welsch, Roger L., TALL-TALE POSTCARDS: A PICTORIAL HISTORY, A. S. Barnes and Company, South Brunswick, NJ, (1976), B&W and color ill., 244pp, good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), In this volume, the full range of subjects, techniques, and skills of the genre are examined, with the postcards themselves graphically telling the story in the best way possible.,
25. Zaid, Barry, WISH YOU WERE HERE: A TOUR OF AMERICA'S GREAT HOTELS DURING THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE PICTURE POST CARD, Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, (1990) 1st ed, color ill., 96pp, very good w/good dustjacket, Take a trip through a hand-colored America. This is an album of the exquisite linen-finish hotel picture post cards that flourished during the thirties, forties, and fifties.
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