Antique Postcard and Paper Show coming to Searsport Town Hall

Posted June 21, 2013, at 8:44 a.m.

Saturday, June 29, 2013 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Union Hall, Searsport, Maine

For more information: 207-548-2529, ext. 210; PenobscotMarineMuseum.org

SEARSPORT, Maine — Penobscot Marine Museum will host The Maine 2013 Antique Paper Show: Postcards and Paper Collectibles 8:30 a.m.-3:30 pm.  Saturday, June 29, at Union Hall (Town Hall), 1 Union St. in Searsport. The show will feature more than a dozen exhibitors and vendors with thousands of vintage postcards, old maps, paper ephemera and historic photographs. At the show the exhibitors will buy, sell and trade old postcards, maps, calendars and other paper collectibles. Free appraisals of antique postcards and paper will be offered 1-3 pm.

Penobscot Marine Museum will display 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 hobby 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 100 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.

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, or go to PenobscotMarineMuseum.org for information.