Postcards and Vintage Postcards and Ephemera

Mantua, Ohio On Etsy since 2011

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Postcards and Vintage Postcards and Ephemera

Mantua, Ohio | 14,994 Sales

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Gwen Mason

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Gwen Mason


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About postcardsofthepast

Sales 14,994
On Etsy since 2011

My passion for ephemera led me to create PostcardsofthePast.

In 2011, I had gone to a local auction with my Dad. He went every week, this was my first time. While there, I saw a box of old black and white photographs and one of old postcards. I hung around to see how much they would be and to my surprise, no one bid on them. How sad, I thought and bought them for myself. I was going to put them to use in my scrapbooks and frame them for home decor. As there were more than I needed, I looked on Etsy to see what else I could do with them and saw that there were stores selling vintage postcards and photographs. I thought, maybe that's what I'll do. I opened the store not really expecting to sell too many but alas, right away, I had sold a postcard. Wow! Here was a way for me to do what I love and a way to help me finance more postcards for me. I have always loved the inspiring makers and stores on Etsy. I look here for the spark of creativity all the time. As I've come along with my store, I've learned so much about the process and about postcards. I feel too, that I've rescued a lot of bits of paper, postcards and photographs that otherwise would have been thrown away. I love these glimpses into the past. Almost all of my postcards for sale are linen, which means they were made in the 1940's and 1950's. Imagine how these places have changed, yet have maybe stayed the same. So many of my customers tell me stories about how each place was special to them and they have a connection to that place and time. I am so glad to offer them a little slice of that time period to keep, treasure, hang on the wall and even mail to someone special. I love being a part of Etsy and will continue to search out these treasures and make connections with the world through postcards.

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  • Gwen Mason


    Hi! I am the owner of the Etsy store Postcards of the Past. It's become my passion to find all these wonderful treasures and share them on Etsy. I like to make mixed media collages with my vintage postcards as well.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 28, 2015
Welcome to my Etsy store, Postcardsofthepast! I have thousands of postcards, please check often as I try and list daily.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
No refunds on international orders.
I accept PayPal, Credit Cards and Etsy Gift Cards.
I will usually ship within one to two days of your order placement. I ship all postcards in a plastic sleeve and a sturdy cardboard mailer. I ship all orders first class through the USPS. Please contact me before purchasing if you have a deadline to meet or wish to use Priority Mail, tracking or another shipping service. I will always ship First Class via the USPS.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do not "Reserve" items.