My Birmingham Postcard Book is in the Fifth Printing!! Look HERE!
I had another postcard book published in October 2005. Panama City is now available in Panama City, Florida bookstores, Birmingham area bookstores, and on the Internet. Click on the banner below to see more about it and my book signing schedule.
I would like to include your favorite memory of Panama City, plus any pictures, for my new book-"Panama City Memories". For more information click HERE
I had a book signing (Birmingham In Vintage Postcards)at Vulcan's 100th Birthday Party and Dedication Ceremonies on Sunday June 6, 2004 at Vulcan Park and again for Vulcan's 102nd Birthday Party in 2006. Then, in June 2007 for Vulcan's 103rd Birthday Bash I had a book signing for my newest book, "Birmingham-Then & Now." Signed copies are available in the Gift Shop there for both my Birmingham books, as well as the Panama City book.
All of my Arcadia books can be purchased at the same time at any of the following links:
Barnes & Noble
I have only been collecting post cards since August 1995. Currently I have over twenty thousand. My specialty is old Birmingham, Alabama post cards of which I have over 3,000 different pre-1920 views. The nice additions to my collection are a 1910 view of Opening Day at Rickwood Field ( see here), a Birmingham, Alabama baseball park and an interior view of the Postcard Exchange in Birmingham see here. The Postcard Exchange was an early publisher of Birmingham postcards. The postcard reverse, at the top of this page, is an old Birmingham view sent to my Cousin, Ellis Weeks, in 1910. A nice postcard sent to a relative nearly 100 years ago is always great to have.
I also collect TUCK postcards from cities in Alabama. I have a list of TUCK postcards from Alabama. Look at these links to see some of my postcards of Gulf Shores, Alabama and Panama City, Florida.
I recently published some calendars using old postcard views of some of my favorite places. They include The Hang Out at Panama City Beach and a half dozen others of the area there. I also have some views of the Alabama Gulf Coast such as Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Point Clear, Fairhope, Dauphin Island, and others. You can find them Here.
My good friend, Jerry Cowan of Nyack, NY, died December 2001. I miss his friendship, guidance, advice, and articles in Barr's Postcard News about Tuck postcards of North America. See my tribute to Jerry Cowan at this link.
In April 1997 I had heart surgery at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. To relieve my anxiety, I carried a dozen of my old postcards (1905-1920) of St. Vincent's Hospital. To make a long story short, doctors, nurses, cleaning folks, visitors, and representatives of hospital administration came to see my postcards in CCU. A book was being planned to commemorate the first 100 years of the hospital. The author, Tom Wofford, came to visit and wanted to use my postcards in the book.
Well, I went to the book signing on March 15, 1998, got my free copy, and talked to local TV and hospital officials about postcard collecting and its historical significance. My TUCK Oilette, Birmingham, Ala. Series No. 2536 of St. Vincent's Hospital was used as the cover of the book. All my other postcards were used also. Visit the St. Vincent's Hospital Centennial site to see the book and other items for sale.
I also collect old Panama City, Florida and Czechoslovakia. If you have any of the above you would like to sell or trade, please E-Mail me.
I have some Real Photo postcards of some of my lost ancestors. I am still trying to identify then.
I belong to the Birmingham Postcard & Collectibles Club. We meet the third Thursday of each month at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood (near Birmingham), Room 160 (the Craft Room) at 6:30pm. The first thirty minutes is devoted to selling and buying anything you want to bring. Business meeting starts at 7:00pm. One of our members, Steve Gilmer, has opened a new shop in downtown Birmingham where he stocks thousands of postcards. The name of his new business is "What's On 2nd?" It is located at 2306-2nd Avenue North and the phone number is 205-478-7267. Steve can be reached via email at WhatsOnSecond@Bellsouth.net
I store my postcards in a 3 ring (D ring) binder from either Office Depot, Office Max, Walmart, etc. I use acid free pages (3 pocket for continental size and 4 pocket for regular size). Here are some good places to purchase these pages and other postcard collecting supplies:
Mary L. Martin LTD
The 2 Buds
The following postcard publications are great resources for the postcard collector:
700 E. State Street
Iola, WI 54990
Barr's Post Card News
P.O. Box 601
Vinton, IA 52349
Barr's Postcard News
The Postcard Magazine
York Y02 2ST
(U.S. Dollars Only)
The Postcard Magazine
Another nice resource is AtoZee Postcard Collector's Web Guide which is a very large and comprehensive web directory and portal for all postcard collectors, with hundreds of really useful links.
Look here to review and order some postcard books from Amazon.com.
I also bid and purchase a lot of my postcards on Ebay. Just go to this link, type in postcards in the search area, and start looking. If you want to look at only certain kinds of postcards (say Santa postcards), just type in santa postcard.
There is a Postcard Email List, usually referred to as the Postcard List, that has hundreds of subscribers around the world. Check here for the Postcard List FAQ. To subscribe send an email message to email@example.com with subscribe postcard . You will receive a confirmation email to which you will reply ok. When you want to post a message to everyone on the list, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thats it. Now get ready to meet new Postcard people around the world, trade postcards, and learn about postcards.
"Gloria's Corner", is a Postcard Club with hundreds of members. Cost is $15 a year, which includes the Newsletters, and a great way to meet others interested in postcards. You can send your check to:
P.O. Box 507
Denison, Texas 75021-0507
If you need more information email Gloria at email@example.com.
My Favorite Birmingham Postcard
Below are a few postcard links that may be helpful. You can view some of my postcards here.
Post Card Links
The Postcard Site-Categorized Postcard Listings, Postcard Related News Headlines and Articles * Search for Tuck Postcards * Tuck Gramophone Postcards * Barr's Postcard News * Postcard Collector * Rick Geary-Cartoonist & Illustrator (including postcards) * Queensland Card Collectors Society * Postcard.org-Best Starting Place for Postcards * Search for State Postcards * Memory Lane Antique Postcards * Courthouse Square Antique Cards * Mary L. Martin, LTD * Bags Unlimited * Marsha's Vintage Santa Postcards * Iowa State Fair Postcards * The Electric Post Card * Tilo Frank:Post Cards * Colonial House Post Card Price Guide * Carl Seiler's Home Page * Playle's Online Auctions * Carl's Postcard Page *
Look here for Civil War, Genealogy, Cherokee Indians, and My Home Page.
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