DIY vintage Postcard display (thanks Grandma!)

I’ve been debating for years (literally) on how to display my great-grandmother’s postcard collection. I have a box of post cards, magazines, travel maps, etc that were passed on to me.

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They’ve been in a box for years, but what good is that?!

Here were my requirements for repurposing these postcards:

I want to keep them looking good. I don’t want to damage them. I want to be able to look at both sides of them. I want them to be on display in a cool way.

I searched pinterest (and the internet) and found a few ideas – none that would work for me. One suggestion was to get a huge matte made and frame the postcards. But, then you can’t look on the back. You can modpodge or glue them on a huge canvas. Yes, that would look cool, but that would damage them.

Here’s what I came up with:

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First, I bought a pack of postcard holders, and put all of the postcards in the little plastic sleeves.

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Next, I arranged them on a cork board frame I scored from Michaels.

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Usually I would just DIY a cool cork board frame like this, but with a coupon and sale I only paid $8  – good deal if you ask me!

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I used these cool push pins to put the postcards on the cork board. ($2 from Target) I pined the tops of the plastic holder on each card, so I could flip up the postcards and look at the back if I wanted. (see below)

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(also, these are only a few of the dozens of post cards I have. I figured I can switch them out if I want)  Some of these postcards are awesome. I mean check this one out:

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“I love my wife. But Oh you kid” What, was this like a postcard to a mistress??

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This one is also a cute one sent to one of my relatives while he was in the military. (cute, right?)

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And I just love looking at the notes written, the postmarks and old stamps..The one above was from 1914. 100 YEARS AGO!

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Also in the box of goodies is this old magazine from 1944 with awesome vintage ads on just about every page!

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I’m thinking about what I can do with this beauty. Let me know if you have any ideas!

Making the most out of life,

Andrea

 

 

 

 

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