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|Vintage World War One Postcards are original postcards dating from the First World War.
Brief history and description
Postcards first became popular during the late 20th century, and were a popular means of communication between soldiers and their loved ones during the First World War.
Postcards that were printed during WWI (or between 1914 to 1919) were typically made out of silk and then wrapped in cardboard and sent in see-through paper envelopes. Many WWI postcards tended to be either humorous or patriotic, while some featured a variety of different propaganda images or messages as well.
The majority of WWI postcards do not contain postage stamps due to the fact that they were mailed in Military Mail Pouches.
Approximately 10,000,000 hand-made WWI postcards are known to exist.
Guide for collectors
WWI postcards that are sold as a complete set are considered to be the most rare and valuable, while a WWI postcard which features some sort of propaganda image or message is considered to be rare, but not necessarily the most valuable.
Restoration of a WWI postcard is not recommended as restoring the item will decrease its value.
For more information regarding WWI postcards, visit the Deltiologists of America's official website or Steven Graph's official website.
Louis J. Dianni, LLC Auctions in Sunrise, Florida sold a collection of 54 WWI silk postcards including portraits of men in political, military and Nazi uniforms for $1,200 in October of 2011.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Illinois sold a collection of 13 WWI postcards from Marseille, Lyon, Dijon, Grenoble, Aisne, Tours, Sassnage, Brest, Bourges, and Nice for $110 in November of 2011.
Lyn Knight Auctions in Lenexa, Kansas sold a collection of 110 WWI postcards featuring photographs of tanks, military camps and soldiers in field action for $120 in October of 2003, and a collection of eight WWI artwork postcards depicting drawings of men in WWI uniforms for $60 in October of 2008.
Jackson's Auction in Cedar Falls, Iowa sold a set of six propaganda WWI postcards featuring anti-German nursery rhymes and children's stories for $70 in May of 2007.
Universal Live in Northbrook, Illinois sold a WWI German postcard (circa 1917) depicting a wounded German soldier for $8 in October of 2010.
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