A continuing informative journey into the world of postcards for 2020!

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. It’s hard to believe another year has flown by. I often feel that time is streaking by at a very quick pace as I sit in my home office looking out on a blanket (thin) of snow a week before Christmas Eve (deadline). The weather forecast isn’t very optimistic about a White Christmas, but we’ll have to wait and see. The holidays will be celebrated for the next couple of weeks –with Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day rounding out the end of the year and the welcoming of the New Year—2020! Wow!

At this joyous time of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our writers and contributors that make each issue of Barr’s so interesting and informative throughout the year. John Sayers, Roy Nuhn, Matthew Anish, Bill Judnick, Charles Bush, Carol Mobley, Ruth Hanchett, William Pepe and Jeff Figler have provided our readers with many articles throughout the past year that entertain and increase our knowledge about a host of postcards and vintage ephemera pieces. In this issue, we also are featuring an article by Deborah Threadgill, who will likely become a regular contributor – I welcome her thoughtful articles about deltiology!

We’ve also received interesting feedback from readers about the many interesting articles featured within the pages of Barr’s Postcard News and Ephemera. And we’ve enjoyed postcards and ephemera from various historical ships and sailings; interesting locations throughout the world; dolls; sports figures; military conflicts; cowboys; historic books; national parks; all of the official and unofficial holidays and many additional subjects.

During the holiday season a popular name is Currier & Ives. I always picture a bucolic snowy scene with children, sleds, ice skates and other homey themes. I don’t think there are many people who haven’t seen images by Currier & Ives, especially during the winter months. I’ve often overheard people saying they’d love to have a Currier & Ives-style Christmas. For those reasons, I was very interested when the following information about Currier & Ives Printers was sent to me by Swann Galleries in New York. “Founded by Nathaniel Currier in 1835, Currier & Ives was the major poster firm of the nineteenth century. James Merritt Ives joined Currier in 1857, and the two produced some of the most popular images of the period through 1907—with the bulk of their work being done in the 1860s. Together they published thousands of prints, in three folio sizes (small, medium and large) of scenes that are still sought by collectors today. The scenes they published fell into a wide range of categories including the American west, winter images, domestic themes and life in the South.” With the cold weather and holidays, many people associate Currier & Ives with Christmas/winter scenes, but they covered a lot more subjects as listed above. Many of their images were put on postcards as well.

Also I have to apologize for a spelling error in my column of Dec. 9. Wallis Simpson was misspelled on a couple of references. Oops! Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Our first issue of 2020 will be early in January and we’ll be kicking off the New Year with plenty of interesting articles, advice and the latest information on upcoming postcard and paper shows and sales. Please contact us with information about clubs and conventions; editor@barrspcn.com or at meego929@aol.com. We can be reached via telephone at (319) 472-4763.