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Antique, Vintage and Victorian Christmas Postcards

Updated on November 15, 2014

Holiday Guide For Vintage Postcards, Antique Postcards & Victorian Christmas Postcards

I do love vintage and antique things. My home is filled with old crockery, antique furniture and reproduction artwork. So it's no wonder I have a fondness for vintage,antique and Victorian Christmas postcards as well. They can be used for sending, gifting or decorating.

I have created Christmas tree ornaments using old Christmas postcards which adorn not only my tree every year but garlands along the stairway and mantle. Anywhere I want to add a touch of that Olde World elegance and charming. Old postcards also make wonderful gift tags or personalized stocking stuffers. Below I've detailed how to create the lovely charmers in just three easy steps. But if you let your creativity run wild you can imagine all sorts of way to personalize them with a little extra glitter, sequins or beads.

Collected here on this page are some wonderful assortments of Vintage Christmas Postcards.

What You'll Find On This Holiday Page

  • Create Easy Vintage Christmas Postcard Ornaments
  • Assorted Vintage Postcards Sold In Lots
  • Vintage & Victorian Postcards In Sets
  • CD's and Ideas Creating Your Own Vintage Looking Postcards
  • Books & Collecting Guides For Christmas Vintage Postcards

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Old-Fashioned Santa Claus Cards - Reproduction Vintage Postcards & Cards

All copyrights are retained by the artist, Mona Majorowicz of Wild Faces Gallery.

The artwork or content in this lens may not be used or reproduced, either in part or in whole, without the express written consent from the artist.

A Quick And Easy Christmas Ornament Idea Using Vintage Christmas Postcards

I love pretty much anything vintage, antique or Victorian, so it's really no surprise that I collect vintage Christmas postcards but that I also decorate with them. Often I'll get two of these postcard books that way I have doubles of each card but you could of course just use two different cards.

The Ever So Easy Steps To Making A Charming Ornament Or Gift Tag In 3 Easy Steps

  1. Select two postcards of a matching size.
  2. Apply a little glue between them and let them dry. Be careful not to use too much glue, or it may warp the postcard.
  3. Then after they dry I take a hole punch and make a hole at the top with which to run sparkly string or ribbon.
  4. Customize and Personalize them. To add some extra sparkle you could use a little spray glue and glitter. Just be sure to do it in a place that is easy to clean up. Or perhaps make a beaded ribbon for hanging. Glue on some sequines or stones for extra sparkle. Just let your imagine go and you can create a truly handmade items that will sure to be cherished for many holiday seasons to come.

"Tadah!" a quick and easy holiday ornament for either decorating, gifting or using as a present tag.

Yes, okay there's 4 steps but the last one is totally optional.


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Definition Of Victorian, Vintage & Antique

Definitions from Merriam-Webster

Victorian

* of, relating to, or characteristic of the reign of Queen Victoria of England or the art, letters, or tastes of her time

Vintage

* a period of origin or manufacture

Antique

* existing since or belonging to earlier times: being in the style or fashion of former times

Vintage Christmas Cards CD-ROM and Book - Create Your Own Vintage Postcards & Illustrations

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Postcard Kit, Christmas - Create Your Own Vintage Postcards & Illustrations

Tips For Starting A Vintage Postcard Collection

Before you start with collecting anything in earnest is is perhaps best to do a little reading on the subject. Learn what has value and how to take stock of a postcard's overall condition. Doing a little research on collecting postcards and their values will help you to spot the gold amongst the rubble.

I personally collect for the joy of it and don't consider myself a serious postcard collector. Therefore the postcard's condition is less important to me than the graphics or what kind of emotional response the vintage postcard triggers.

Things To Consider When It Determining The Quality Of A Vintage Postcard's

  • Brightness and color of the graphics
  • Tears, stains, smears or folds.
  • The thickness and quality of the paper
  • Look at the fine print for a publishing date


Christmas Postcards: Victorian Designs - Reproduction Christmas Vintage Postcards & Cards

Collecting Your Passion In Postcards

The key to beginning any collection is to figure out exactly what you most love. This helps to simplify and narrow your focus so you have a cohesive collection.For me this was vintage images, romantic and Victorian. I also love holidays, so things like Valentine's Day, Easter and Christmas were just natural.

My collecting vintage valentines started with being given my fathers childhood valentine collection. But prior to this I had already been interested in vintage images and had a good start on a vintage Christmas postcard collection and photo postcards of my childhood hometown.


Good Places To Find Vintage Postcards

  • On this page (yes, I couldn't resist.)
  • Estate Sales
  • Garage Sales
  • Ebay
  • Flea Markets
  • Antique Stores
  • Baseball card shows
  • Coin and stamp shows

Old-Fashioned Christmas Postcards: 24 Postcards - Reproduction Christmas Vintage Postcards & Cards

Tips For Storing & Displaying Your Vintage Postacrd Collection

As with all things fragile and valuable correct storage of your collection is paramount. Having been in the art industry for over 20 years I have a firm grasp on the importance of archival quality containers. In order to preserve both the value and the appearance of your vintage postcards be sure to mount them or store them with only acid free materials touching the postcards.


Tips For Storing Your Vintage Postcard Collection

* Remove Vintage Postcards From Old Albums Carefully Older albums are generally not archival and most likely the postcard was glued into place. Just go slow and try to remove as much of the glue and original album paper from the back of the postcard as possible without damaging the card itself. Any remaining glue and paper will continue to deteriorate your postcard.

* Use only acid free and archival boxes, albums and pages. The good news these days these items are easy to come across and cheap to buy.

* Make sure the slots in your album pages are sufficiently large enough to accommodate your postcard. Too tight a fit may mean you damage your postcard while trying to make it fit.

* Do not glue or tape postcards instead use archival photo corners

* If framing your collection once again make sure it is conservation framed using only archival materials (including the glass) and do not hang in direct sunlight.

About The Author Of This Page

My name is Mona Majorowicz I am a professional artist who has been making my living selling my work for some time now. I am an animal artist, (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.

I own and operate Wild Faces Gallery with my husband Mike in a small rural town in Iowa. There we sell my original artwork and prints, as well as do quality custom framing and offer Giclee printing for other artists as well as for ourselves. I have over 20 years experience in the art and framing industry, both as a business owner and as a working artist.

I write a regular column for Apples 'N Oats (an equestrian magazine) about painting horses. If you would like to see real life photos of Catch, or want to follow the painting's progress (with full story) from start to finish please visit my blog, Fur In The Paint

Animals are my passion and art is how I chose to express it.

"Holiday Birds" Glitter Postcards By Cavallini 12 Per Tin - Reproduction Christmas Vintage Postcards & Cards

Do You Like To Decorate WIth Vintage, Victorian or Antique For The Holidays - Happy holidays!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Our daughter brought coasters with these vintage designs last Christmas and I really love them.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      These cards and photos are all really beautiful! I love the Dover clipart too!

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      nelabai 6 years ago

      Those are beutifull, but they are so different from our post soviet vintage postcards

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh my, these are nice! ~ I love vintage Christmas everything, and these postcards are so nice.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love vintage sheet music pre-1935 :)

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Vintage cards are so beautiful to look at.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Lovely things. Great for craft work

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      There's something so lovely about a vintage theme for the holidays. Lensrolling to my Vintage Christmas Posters, these two are a perfect pair!