Looking for a fun collection that won’t break the bank? Or something for your children to collect?
State humor postcards can be found in gas stations, airports and local shops, in addition to postcard shows and on online collecting sites. While linen (1940s) and older cards can bepricier, modern chromes can easily be found for under $1.
Once you collect one from every state, try your hand at collecting local humor from cities, regions or different countries. You’ll be amazed at the wide variety, “good sport” mentality and plain old laugh-out-loud features of these postcards.
Some postcards make fun of the state itself—its weather, location or natural scenery. Many take jabs at the stereotypical ways people from the area behave (or how outsiders think they do). Still others focus on the unique things about the state or its culture.
As someone who has lived in a few states, it’s fun to pull out my State Humor cards when telling folks about my experiences there. And, since I travel quite a bit for work, I enjoy passing the time in airports and shopping centers going “on the hunt” for them. Sometimes I even use them as ice breakers in my PowerPoint presentations when I’m in a particular part of the country.
Take yourself off to the postcard rack (or send the kids there) while you’re traveling on vacation. You’ll have inexpensive souvenirs, great “Wish You Were Here” cards to mail back home and the start of a collection that will bring back memories for years to come. Big-money value . . . not so much. Enjoyment . . . priceless!
Here are some of my favorites:
Bonnie Wilpon is the author of Postcard History of Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida and Postcard History of Hollywood, Florida (published by Arcadia Books) and is a postcard dealer and collector in Tampa, Florida. She is Membership Chair of the Sunshine Post Card Club and a Contributing Editor for Postcard History. Bonnie can be contacted at: email@example.com.