Officially collecting, studying and reearching postcards is called Deltiology – a term adopted in the 1930s by Randall Rhoades of Ohio, USA.This is derived from Greek δελτίον, deltion, the diminutive of δέλτος, deltos, “writing tablet, letter”; and -λογία; and -λογία, -logia is the study and collection of postcards.
A little bit about me
I’ve collected postcards since my teens, but never in an organized fashion. Now I’m catching up – collecting postcards showing mainly British Columbia social history, or family history, or libraries…or…
I’ve been researching genealogy and family history for almost 25 years, researching family mainly in Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Sweden. I especially love collecting and researching postcards and photographs.
I teach regularly and do workshops and talks. I write and I edit a quarterly genealogical journal, “The British Columbia Genealogist” for the British Columbia Genealogical Society. Postcards are featured in almost every issue.
I’m also a member of the Vancouver Postcard Club.
My postcard collecting interests include:
Social history and postal history, British Columbia, Canada and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
War memorials, related to British Columbia
Women – BC/Canada
Women – authors
Women’s Suffrage and Women’s Liberation or ‘very modern women’
Books and Libraries – ones I’ve visited or hope to visit
Ancestral places – especially UK – Backwell, Bassingbourn, Galashiels, Islay, Linthwaite, Tushielaw; Canada – Simcoe County, Ontario; Toronto; Neepawa, Newdale Manitoba; USA – Norwich area, Connecticut; Detroit; Potter’s Hill area, Rhode Island.
Postcrossing or Bookcrossing related cards
Current webpage header photograph, “Gold Mining in Northern British Columbia
T.N. Hibben & Co., Victoria, BC, No. 50.” coloured postcard. Unused. Private collection.