One interesting part of a postcard show are the Show Boards created by postcard collections to display and showcase their collections. We all learn more about the depth and complexity of this hobby by taking a look at other people’s collecting interests. We strongly urge our collector friends and club members to create a show board and help us publicize the hobby and attract new collectors!
Making a show board may seem like a lot of trouble or sort of intimidating but it really is not. It can be a fun way to show your favorite cards or collection of interesting postcards.
You will need a few things:
* Your cards.. 10 to 20 cards (depending on the size of your board)
* 22x28 or 24x30 poster board, may board or foam core board
* Photo corner mounts or double stick tape
* Clear protective plastic (most hobby or art store carry this as well as the boards)
Most poster board at hobby or craft shops comes in 22 x28.
Mat board is usually larger but you can ask the art or hobby store if they will cut it to a certain size for you. Pick a color that will best accentuate your collection of cards. You do not need acid free mat board which can be quite expensive because more than likely your cards will not be on your board forever.
Poster board is a bit more flimsy than mat board, but both can be backed with foam core or cardboard for rigidity.
Arrange your card so that the display is VERTICAL. You can be as creative as you would like at this point but you want to remember that your postcards are the stars of your board so you will want to make sure they stand out.
Title the board and insert comments for any or all of the cards if you like. The title and comments can be printed out on the computer and simply glued to the board.
Once you have the cards where you want it to be, you can adhere them down in two ways. One you can use photo corners around the card itself, or around the card in a sleeve, or you can use double stick tape on the back of the sleeve.
Cover the board with clear plastic to further protect your postcards. You can buy a roll of thin clear plastic at a hobby shop and wrap your board and tape it on the back. Or you can slip the board in a clear plastic sleeve/bag that is made to protect art work. I have bags/sleeves that are 22x28 and I have ordered some 24x30. I can bring these to the next meeting and can sell them for $2 a piece. These are easy to use.
You need to put your name and contact information on the back.
The Club will provide the supports to display your board upright at the show. If you have done your collection in a frame or something heavy, you may need to bring your own easel since our support system can’t handle anything too heavy with glass or plexiglass.
Have fun and if you need some help or advice, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text me at 5129656380.
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