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CardCow : Postcards for Sale (and More…)

Vintage Postcards from Cardcow.comCardCow.com sells vintage postcards and collectibles, worth checking out if you’re interested in adding to your library’s postcard collection. But even if you don’t plan to buy anything, this can be a very interesting site, useful for reference and worth sharing with your users. They have a lot of postcards for sale, but even after a card is sold, the image and listing stay on the website as a resource, and they have built up quite an impressive collection of images. You can browse by category, or search the listings. The cataloging isn’t perfect — there are currently eight cards listed for Magnolia and five for Mangolia — but you can usually find what you’re looking for one way or another. They list the date if a card has a postmark, and include images of the backs of the postcards, which is a nice touch.

Library Postcards on Flickr

Parlin Library, Everett, MassachusettsLibrary Postcards
Flickr is primarily a site for sharing photographs, but there are lots of scanned historical images there as well. Old postcards are particularly popular, maybe because they are readily available, inexpensive, usually have identifying information, are small in size and easy to scan.

The other great thing about postcards is that they were usually taken to showcase the most important, scenic, or otherwise memorable locations in a community. That means there are a lot of postcards of libraries: large and small, public and academic, still-standing and long-gone.

If your library has some of these, consider putting them on Flickr as a way of sharing them with a large community of interested people. This doesn’t have to be something you do instead of putting some of them on your website or in the catalog or digital library,it can be an additional way to share. Using Flickr is simple, fun and easy, and you can add a link back to your library website so people can see what else you have available. You may get comments posted on your images, which can be a good way to gather more information about them, and to allow people to share their memories.

Once you’ve posted your library postcards to Flickr, I hope you’ll take the extra step of adding them to the Library Postcards group I set up there. It’s a good way to make it easier for people to find them.