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Antique Postcard and Paper Show at Searsport Town Hall This Saturday!

Posted June 21, 2013, at 1:55 p.m.
Last modified June 28, 2013, at 11:58 a.m.
School at Herman Corner; Eastern Illustrating Collection; Penobscot Marine Museum
School at Herman Corner; Eastern Illustrating Collection; Penobscot Marine Museum
Post Office, Hulls Cove; Eastern Illustrating Collection; Penobscot Marine Museum
Post Office, Hulls Cove; Eastern Illustrating Collection; Penobscot Marine Museum

A show featuring antique postcards and paper collectibles will be held on Saturday, June 29th from 8:30 – 3:30 at Union Hall (Town Hall), 1 Union Street in Searsport. The Maine 2013 Antique Paper Shows: Postcards & Paper Collectibles will feature over more than a dozen exhibitors and vendors, thousands of vintage postcards, old maps, paper ephemera, and historic photographs. Penobscot Marine Museum will be among the vendors, displaying postcards and photo prints from its extensive collection of the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company, an early 20th-century Belfast postcard publisher. According to Kevin Johnson, the museum’s photography archivist, “The area’s tourists in the early 20th century were prodigious correspondents. Writing and sending postcards and letters to friends and relatives back home was an almost daily ritual for summer visitors.” Postcard collecting has been a popular hoppy since they were introduced to the world in the early 1900’s. Collectors, known as deltiologists, often focus their collections on specific geographic locations or subjects like post offices or train stations. Cards that sold two for 5 cents a hundred years ago are now worth hundreds of dollars in some instances depending on their rarity or more importantly the desire of a collector to own it. At the event the exhibitors will buy, sell and trade old postcards, maps, calendars and other paper collectables. Free appraisals of your own antique postcards and paper will be offered from 1:00-3:00pm. The event is hosted by Penobscot Marine Museum at Searsport Town Hall, 1 Union Street, Searsport. Admission to the show is $2 and if one also visits the museum $2 will be deducted from the admission price. Call 207-548-2529 ext. 210 for more information. www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org

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