About “Wild Postcards”

Phil Smith in 1947

This is a blog of ramblings and remembrances about my collection of postcards.

There are a great many serious collectors — “deltiologists” — with collections far more numerous than mine. Much of my collection, however, is more personal. It was started by my great-grandfather, Philip Nelson Smith (1896-1972), who kept a number of postcards from his childhood, and from his travels (mostly to visit family in Pennsylvania, after he and Great-Grandma Lottie left there to move in with my grandparents in New Jersey in the early ’60s).

It was then continued by my aunt, Brenda Cossaboon, who died in 1996. She was not much for travel, either, but she added to it by having friends and relatives mail or hand-carry postcards back from their own travels. I sent her several myself, having traveled to many exotic places, courtesy of Uncle Sam.

I found those cards I had sent, along with the rest, when I received the collection from her estate. It was the one thing I had wanted and, surprisingly, nobody argued with me about it. While the monetary value of the cards is nominal, perhaps they would have argued had they known of the value in terms of family history, and descriptions of family events going back nearly a century.

I have since added to the collection myself with my own travels, and visits to antique and junk shops, picking up anything that caught my eye.

I hope you enjoy this look into my collection, and my personal history.


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