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MAY 2-8 IS NATIONAL PICTURE POSTCARD WEEK!

 ENKA, N.C., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- National Picture Postcard Week is celebrated the week of May 2-8 by thousands of collectors and postcard enthusiasts throughout the United States. During this special week collectors have a gala time trading cards they have designed, as well as buying and selling older antique issues. Also, members of over 60 postcard clubs and two federations of postcard dealers combine to promote the hobby.
 This year's event has an extra special meaning because it commemorates the Centennial Year of the picture postcard in America. First sold on May 1, 1893, at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, they pictured colorful views of Exposition buildings, Exhibitor's displays, and Exposition advertisements.
 Sold by hundreds of thousands, they became extremely popular and were widely acclaimed. Their small size and low cost made them a collector's reward. Surviving issues have greatly appreciated in value, some as high as $175 each, as have thousands of other types that followed.
 Postcards signed by artists and illustrators, however, have now become the rage as the values of their tiny works of art continue to rise dramatically. These include two advertising cards by Mucha at $15,000 and $13,500, a card by Toulouse-Letrec at $1800, $300 cards by Harrison Fisher, and hundreds of others in the $100-500 range.
 All are documented in a first edition 336 page book to be released May 1, "The Artist-Signed Postcard Price Guide," ISBN 1-56664-028-8, 6x9, $16.95 paperback or $21.95 hardback. It was written and compiled by J.L. Mashburn, a collector-dealer-historian with 29 years of experience in U.S. and International postcard fields, and is his third book on postcards.
 This first comprehensive artist-signed postcard price guide lists over 1000 artists with many of their near-complete checklists. It includes 380 postcard images, 1700 Sets and Series, and contains 12 complete sections including Beautiful Ladies, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Beautiful Children, Fantasy, French Glamour, Color Nudes, Sports, Comics, Animals, Linen Era, and Miscellaneous.
 It can help to identify and price almost any artist-signed card, U.S. or foreign, issued from 1893 to 1950. All listings have up-to-date values in Very Good and Excellent conditions. Also included are grading information and guidelines for buying and selling.
 Mashburn's book may be ordered at major bookstores or is available from Colonial House, P.O. Box 609, Enka, NC 28728 (704) 667-1427 for $16.95 (hardback - $21.95), plus $2 postage and handling.
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 /CONTACT: J.L. Mashburn of Colonial House, 704-667-1427/


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