Postcards are an inexpensive way of simply saying hello to family and friends. They have also, over the years, been a way to promote a business or destination. They have been used to share family photos. Today, Saturday, 16 August, is the 22nd Annual Lancaster County Postcard Exposition.
Dealers from up and down the east coast today will meet, selling old postcards. There will also be some newer ones available. The postcards will feature local, national and foreign views, holiday greetings, and thematic topics.
The Exposition will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road. Admission is $2.50 and includes free parking and door prizes.
Photo postcards date back to the 1860’s, although they did not really take hold here in the United States until 1901. Before that time, there were still trade cards and other postal cards that were basically advertising.
The Exposition is sponsored by the Lancaster County Postcard Club, a non-profit organization with approximately 150 members. The Club meets the third Monday of each month at the Farm & Home Center. Vendors set up about 5 p.m. with the meetings generally beginning at 7 p.m. A short business meeting normally follows the presentation. This month there is no meeting due to the Exposition.
The meeting theme for September will be Early Postcard Views Along the Susquehanna, led by Past President Mark Arbogast. October will be a Members Market. Past President Betty Beck will present Fantasy Postcards in November. December will focus on Favorite Christmas Cards.