Postcard fair to give a feeling of nostalgia

July 30, 1995

This year's Chesapeake Postcard Fair, to be held Friday and Saturday at the Havre de Grace Community Center, will take visitors back in time to unpaved streets and small towns that once made up Harford County.

Postcards showing the Bel Air Fairgrounds, now the site of Harford Mall, and postcard pictures of Bel Air's Main Street -- unpaved and mostly residential -- will be at the show, said Mary Russell, manager of Mary Martin Ltd., a postcard store in a former car dealership in Perryville.

The Harford County cards will sell for about $5 to $50 depending on condition and rarity, said Paul Russell, Mary's husband and co-manager of the shop.

Mrs. Russell and her mother, Mary Martin, who owns the store, organized the first postcard fair in 1993. Last year about 1,000 people -- most of whom collect specific postcards -- attended the show.

There will be about 40 exhibitors from around the nation and Canada.

Mary Martin Ltd., founded 25 years ago, claims to have the largest collection of postcards in the world. The mostly mail order store gets requests from postcard collectors around the world, Mrs. Russell said.

The community center is at 1 Lagaret Drive. Admission is $2 for adults. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Information: 575-7768.

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