Postcards can be stamped with value

January 10, 1993|By Chicago Tribune

Old picture postcards ranging from historical to hilarious are of great interest to collectors.

Depending on their type, artwork, artist signatures if any, subject matter, advertisements, importance, desirability, scarcity and rarity, old postcards can range in value from less than a dollar to thousands.

If you come across (and it can happen) a postcard advertising Waverley Cycles, picturing a sexy woman on such a cycle with the straps of her dress falling off her shoulders, pay attention. This postcard was reproduced in 1898 from a large poster illustrated by Alphonse Mucha.

Such an example (with only five known thus far to exist) was sold in 1990 for $13,500.

The card, imprinted Waverley Cycles at the top, can be recognized easily, but don't faint if you find one, or someone else will snatch it while you're out.

You can learn more about postcards by subscribing to the fascinating 48-page weekly Barr's Post Card News, available for 9$29 a year or $2 a sample copy from 70 S. 6th St., Lansing, Iowa 52151-0310.

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