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What to Do with Your Old Postcard Collection

Updated on January 21, 2017
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Laura has been photographing historical, abandoned, and rural ruins in Ontario since getting her first digital camera in 2006.


What Do you Do with an Old Postcard Collection

The problem with postcards is to know what to do with them afterwards.

I've been collecting postcards for years. They more than fill a shoebox. I don't have them out on display anywhere because there are just too many of them.

What do you do with your postcard collection?

I should sort mine out and choose some to keep. Then add those to a frame with a nice backing of some kind.

Then I should get rid of the rest of them. Some ideas I've had are:

  • Mail them out to other people
  • Take them to the library or museums
  • Donate them to be sold
  • Recycle them with the other paper
  • Sell them to collectors

Another Option for Reusing Your Digital Photographs

I've got a lot of photographs taken over several years since I bought my first digital camera in 2006. Some are photos taken of abandoned houses (my hobby is urban/ rural exploration). But many of the photos are flowers and plants in my Mother's garden, photos she just had to have, but she doesn't do anything with them.

Other photos are family, my sister's children, my own brother and sisters, etc. They take up space. This isn't a bad thing, because they do have value, but no one sees the photos when they are just stored on my hard drive and whatever DVD I burn them to.

What if you pulled out those family photos and turned them into postcards you can mail out to your family?

Postcard Backs to Use When Creating Your Own Postcards

Postcard backs free to download.
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How I Began as a Postcard Collector

I began collecting postcards as a kid. My Dad would go on a business trip. My Grandmother would take a trip back to the UK to visit family. My family would wander off around Ontario in the summer months. Later I began writing to penpals and was soon trading postcards with them. We would send a pack of them all fresh and tidy in an envelope rather than directly through the mail. I wasn't thinking about keeping them clean or collectible, it was just easier to send them in a bunch than paying for them all one at a time.

The Decision I Made About My Old Postcard Collection

Of all the options for old postcards I've decided I will mail mine out to other people. I like the idea of them having another life beyond being kept in a box or out with the recycling. Somehow, I don't quite want to sell them. I'm just not commercial enough I guess.

What will you decide to do with your old postcard collection?


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