The recognized “Golden Age” of postcards in America was from around the turn of the 20th century until World War I, although they have been printed since 1870. Postcards were sent for many holidays and occasions, Christmas, birthdays, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, etc. They were used to connect with friends and relatives near and far in the pre-telephone days. Many of the most beautiful postcards were printed in Germany and World War I interrupted the flow of cards to the US. Many people’s interest in collecting postcards was sparked from finding postcard albums from their parents or grandparents.
Christmas postcards are among the most beautiful, and common illustrations were of children, Santa Claus, animals, trees and gifts. Some postcards contained photographs as opposed to illustrations. Postcards are among the least expensive categories of Christmas collectibles, with good quality examples available for under $10.00. Many postcards were produced as series and collectors enjoy pursuing all cards of the same series. Cards signed by specific artists command higher prices.