Springtime postcard shows continue throughout the country!

A little more than a week ago, Barr’s bid a fond farewell to our associate publisher, Debbie Corkery, who retired on March 30. Debbie has been with Barr’s Postcard News and Ephemera for many years.

For me personally, I can’t believe that I first met Debbie at a Jim Taylor postcard show in Countryside, Illinois back in 2011 when I interviewed for the job of editor for both Barr’s and Collectors Journal –that is almost 7 years ago. I began as editor of the publications in January of 2012 and worked closely with Debbie on a variety of editorial issues related to both publications. I wish her well and hope she enjoys her much-needed respite. Some of you may remember that I retired back a couple of years ago, but it didn’t last long as I was called back after just a few months. Hmm. Maybe we will see Debbie after a few months as well. That’d be great! And in the meantime, Bonnie Loy will be taking over Debbie’s duties and I’m sure we all wish her great success!

Moving along to other deltiology matters, we’re featuring an article in this issue that normally appears in Collectors Journal –namely, “You Collect What!” What we’re looking for are unusual collections that our readers have interest in and we heard from a couple who sent in the story about their unusual collection of postcards. They only collect postcards that are focused on April Fool’s Day –and that hail from France. I’m sure our Barr’s readers will enjoy reading the story and enjoying the cute postcards. If anyone else has an unusual collection of postcards or ephemera, please contact us at the telephone number or e-mails listed below. We’d love to hear from you!

There are several upcoming shows in the next few weeks. Here’s a listing of some of them: This coming Friday, April 13 and April 14 is the Greater Roanoke Postcard Show taking place at the Baymont Inn & Suites, 179 Sheraton Drive in Salem, Virginia, at the I-81 Exit 141. Hours for the sale are Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mike Uzel has more information at (804) 720-0937.

The Courthouse Square Antique Postcards presents their Greater Chicago Postcard and Paper Show on Friday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (early bird at 9 a.m.) and Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Chicago SW Countryside Conference Center Ballroom, 6201 Joliet Road. Jim Taylor has more information at 1-(888) 451-0340. Motel reservations are available at (708) 354-4200.

The 11th annual Iowa City, Iowa, Postcard, Stamp and Paper Show is April 13 from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds at Airport Exit 89, Hwy. 218 S., in Iowa City, Iowa. Free admission and Free Parking is available and Herb Staub has more information at (319) 400-6498.

On Sunday, April 15, the 28th annual Madison Four Lakes Postcard Club Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Madison Turners Hall, 3001 S. Stoughton Road, in Madison, Wisconsin. Ann Waidelich has more information at (608) 249-7920.

Our next issue of Barr’s is April 23 and until that time, enjoy this issue and have a great couple of weeks adding to your postcard or ephemera collections. Please contact us with club news as well as postcard and ephemera-related matters at editor@barrspcn.com or at (319) 472-4763.