If you talk to dealers in postcards about the book they will always have the same gripe.- unrealistic prices. They will pick an example and say 'I cant get that for five' or 'you cant get that for five times that price. Thus was it ever with dealers; they will highlight the flaws without seeing the virtues. The book really comes into its own when considered as one volume in a reference collection. The illustrations build up into a library of artists whose style you might not recognise without a signature, or you just never see examples at all. We may all recognise Louis Wain and Raphael Kirchner but some minor artists sets of six can fetch three figures, and how would you know if it is a one pound card or something better? The books need to be taken as a very approximate guide and the newcomer to the subject should not use it to value their collection except for insurance purposes because most of the prices quoted would be top retail on a good day with a following wind and a keen buyer. As a list and collection of illustrations it is well worth having
A fascinating well produced book that has told me which cards I need to look for. I actually bought it to identify one card I own and sure enough it was there, and worth more than I expected. I'm not a card collector but I am still happy to award five stars, I can't fault it in any way.
Although this book was published in 2009 things have not changed much.If you are a collector or someone who has a collection of picture postcards that you are planning to dispose of read this book before you do anything. You may be surprised at the value of some old picture postcards. If you have any of Midlands lace makers please sell them to me!