The Garden State Postcard Club will hold its 60th annual show this year in Parsippany, New Jersey offering collectors the chance to look at more than a million postcards and paper collectibles.
The show will be held at the Parsippany Police Athletic League Center, 33 Baldwin Road (off Route 46) Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show manager Barbara Booz said, "I am happy to continue the club's long tradition of presenting exciting shows and pleased to announce that we will have new dealers at this year's event."
In its early years the club show had only 15 dealers, but Fred and Mary Megson moved it to the 4-H Center in Somerville in 1984 and turned it into one of the best East coast shows. Carlton Bloodgood took over from them as show manager and enlarged the show again, moving it to Parsippany in 1990, where it continued under show managers Daniel Herzog and Michael Schwartz.
The club was organized in 1959 in Garwood, NJ by Kay Staruch, and many of its founding members also belonged to the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York. It met at the Millburn Park Club House for a long time, but left there for the Summit Jewish Center after a fire damaged the Millburn building. Short stays in Clark and Springfield were followed by a long stretch in Berkeley Heights, and it moved to its present meeting place in Gillette in 2004.
Club President Virginia Faulkner attributed the club's success to the enthusiasm of its members who volunteer to help with club activities, saying, "We have been very fortunate in having such an active group of members who have stayed with the club for a long time and have made all its activities possible."
Hi-Lites editor Chris Wolf announced that the club's newest checklist, "Mills and Factories of New Jersey on Postcards" will make its debut at the show, and some of the exhibits at the show will feature New Jersey industry. Under his editorship, the club has published checklists of New Jersey postcards every year since 1974, including such popular topics as the Morris Canal, Railroad Depots, and Post Offices. He said, "These are joint research projects that all the club members contribute to, and they serve as guides for collectors."
Admission to the show is $4 for two days or $3 for one day, and Lakeland buses from New York offer hourly service, stopping just one block from the show. For additional information about the show or the club call (908) 418-3326.