Embarking on a new decade!

Welcome to 2020! In my neck of the woods, we didn’t have a “White Christmas,” but as we look ahead to January, I’m sure there will be some snowflakes landing in the Midwest region soon –some areas have already received great loads of snow. As I write this column (on New Year’s Eve) we’ve just received a dusting of snow.

This issue features our International Federation of Postcard Dealers (IFPD) roster. Over the past few years, I have spoken to several dealers/members of IFPD and enjoyed bringing their stories to the readers of Barr’s Postcard News and Ephemera. Any IFPD members who have not been featured in an article can contact me at meego929@aol.com to arrange for an article.

And with the New Year brings a new round of postcard and paper shows taking place in a wide geographic area.

Courthouse Square Antique Postcards has several postcard shows scheduled throughout the year. First up is the January 10 to January 12 New Braunfels, Texas Antique Postcard and Paper Show. This show is part of the New Braunfels Antique Show at the New Braunfels Civic & Convention Center at 375 Castell Avenue in New Braunfels. Hours for the show are Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and is valid the entire weekend. More information about this show is at 1- (888) 451-0340 or visit the web site at www.CourthouseSquare.net.

An online-only auction is planned for Thursday, January 16th, by University Archives, based in Westport, Conn. The 283-lot sale, with a 10:30 a.m. Eastern start time, is packed with unique relics, photos, autographs, books and ephemera, to include 55 of the 56 Declaration of Independence signers, plus items signed by Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, FDR, Ernest Hemingway, Sigmund Freud, the Beatles and many others. Online bidding is available via LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at (203) 454-0111; or, you can email him at john@universityarchives.com.

The Denver Postcard & Paper Show is January 17 and January 18, 2020 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall (15200 W. 6th Avenue, Golden, Colo.) Hours for this show are Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information about this show is with Carol Mobley at (303) 761-3755 or at www.denverpostcardshow.com.

Another Courthouse Square show -- A new show for 2020 in association with Heritage Event Company at the huge vintage Tulsa show takes place February 14 to February 20 at the Exchange Center Building at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Tulsa Fairgrounds). Hours for this show are Friday, noon to 6 p.m. (early bird admission of $15); Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about this show is at 1 (888) 451-0340 or visit the web site at www.CourthouseSquare.net.

Our next issue of Barr’s will be January 20, 2020. Have wonderful couple of weeks attending shows and sales. Check out this issue of Barr’s for additional listings on several upcoming shows. Please notify us with club and convention news; unusual postcard or ephemera collections; and other postcard/ephemera-related matters at editor@barrspcn.com; meego929@aol.com or at (319) 472-4763.