Great shows coming!

In the March 11 issue of Barr’s Post Card News & Ephemera, my column subject was “The Green Book.” Before it was an award-winning film, the Green Book was published to assist African Americans who may have been navigating in the South. Many black folks during those days had a hard time finding hotels, restaurants and other services especially in the southern states where anti-black laws were still on the books.

I spoke of the movie and the fact I didn’t know about the book when I received an e-mail from Swann Galleries that the book was set to be auctioned. The book offered Negro travelers a list of friendly restaurants, motels and service stations while traveling.

Well prior to the auction, the book was estimated to bring in from $2,500 to $3,500 and the final selling price far exceeded that. The big news I received the other day from Swann reported that the sale of the “Green Book,” came in at $27,500, which they said was the highest price paid for the book at any time. The price paid far exceeded the original estimate for the book!

That’s quite a surprising price for a relatively small paperback book, but I think the historic value of the Green Book, and especially the year of publication, 1958, drove the price up! Their sale also featured quite a bit of Black America literature and other items that also sold quite well.

Those who may be looking for a special book, map or piece of ephemera, as well as postcards may want to check out some of the following shows and sales taking place in the next few weeks.

Here’s some information about upcoming auctions and events:

The Western Reserve Post Card Society in Cleveland, Ohio hosts the 46th annual postcard show on May 4 and May 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Rocky River Memorial Hall at 21016 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River, Ohio (at Wagar Road). Food will be available and 20-plus dealers are taking part in the show. Admission is $3 and more information is at (216) 464-0394.

University Archives, based in Westport, Conn., will hold an important online-only auction on Wednesday, May 15th, headlined by all but one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, to be offered individually, not as a set. This is a rare opportunity for people to start, add to or complete their signer collections. Other rare signed items from U.S. history will also come up for bid that day. Online bidding is via and If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at (800) 237-5692; or, you can e-mail him at

Also check out this issue for the third part of Charles Bush’s trilogy on New Orleans, featuring another round of interesting and beautiful postcards. And don’t forget to get ready for National Postcard Week (May 5 to May 11, 2019). We at Barr’s will be featuring postcards celebrating National Postcard Week in both of our May issues—May 6 and May 20. Send postcards to National Postcard Week; Barr’s Postcard News & Ephemera, P.O. Box 720, 108 E.  5th Street, Vinton, IA 53249-0720.

We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and enjoying the. Please contact us with unusual collections; club and convention news and other postcard and paper-related matters at;; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.