1. Start by figuring out what kind of postcards you want
to collect. Your favorite things? Places you've been? Your home town? Local postmarks? Amusement parks? Bears?
2. Tell people you know what kind of postcards you're collecting. Postcards are plentiful and affordable, and
you will quickly recognize that it won't take a long time before you have assembled an admirable collection.
3. If you decide to
take a more sincere interest in collecting postcards, then consider joining the Washington Crossing Card Collectors Club – or a local club in your area. You can also browse through antique stores, flea markets, online
auctions, and go to the Washington Crossing Card Collectors Club meeting in Titusville, New Jersey on the 2nd Monday evening of every month!
4. Protect your cards using
acid-free, archival-quality sleeves or pocket pages made of Mylar or polyethylene. Stay away from PVC and inexpensive plastic
sleeves and pages, which will stick to your cards and leave marks on them. And by the way – the Washington Crossing Card Collectors Club sells discounted postcard sleeves and pocket pages, plus other supplies, at our monthly meetings.
5. Display and store
your postcards in a dry location and out of direct sunlight. They can and will fade. Do not use paperclips or rubber bands,
as they will destroy the image over time. The best places to store your cards are in archival quality boxes
and albums or 3-ring binders/notebooks. However, before you begin to panic about the storage of your postcards,
remember that some have survived nearly 100 years in old deteriorating postcard albums. Yours probably will survive many more
years with just a reasonable amount of care, but only archival protection will preserve them indefinitely.
Show your postcard collections to your family
and friends, and share the wealth by sending or passing along special cards to special people. It could
make a big impact and leave a lasting impression!