THE METROPOLITAN POSTCARD CLUB OF NEW YORK CITY, formerly called the Metropolitan Post Card Collectors Club, is the oldest continuously run postcard club in the United States. Membership is made up of both collectors and dealers of postcards from coast-to-coast and many from foreign countries as well. Not only has the Club been facilitating the exchange of postcards since its founding in 1946, it is dedicated to furthering the understanding and practice of Deltiology -- the collection and study of picture postcards.
We are a cultural institution without borders or brick and mortar. The aggregate collections of our members constitute an invaluable postcard resource and archive on just about any conceivable topic. Our members include serious collectors, dealers, scholars, artists, historians as well as everyday people of all ages who enjoy the thrill of the hunt and the fun of collecting these little paper treasures.
Club Meetings - Usually on the second Sunday of every month, with the exception of the Spring and Autumn show dates, the Metropolitan Postcard Club holds meetings. These are not formal meetings as only a brief amount of business is discussed. They are more in the line of friendly get-togethers where collectors and dealers of any experience can meet to buy and sell postcards. Members of the Club pay no fees to attend, with only a small table fee charged for dealers. Our meetings are also open to the general public for an admission fee of $3.00. At certain times of year the Club hosts special events such as fund raising sales, album competitions, and holiday parties. If you are a novice or are just thinking of becoming a collector, there will be plenty of expert advice for the taking. Please feel free to come and join us.
Postcard Shows - The Metropolitan Postcard Club sponsors a special two day show every November where approximately thirty-five to forty postcard dealers from around the nation and the world attend to introduce their cards to you. The postcards offered range from discount boxes to artist-signed cards and highly-valued rarities. We also co-sponsor a two day show in May with Mary Martin Ltd. Both shows are a great way to find cards. Shopping on the internet is in no way comparable to holding a card in your hand and seeing it with your own eyes. Just by browsing you will gain more familiarity with postcards and become a more knowledgeable collector. And of course, only at shows can you engage in interesting conversation about postcards and collecting. If you've never been to one of our postcard shows or meetings, please plan to attend! You will be pleasantly amazed, and certain to go home with a few treasures.
NEXT MEETING: Sunday, August 14th from 9 AM to 3 PM (EDT) at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street in Manhattan - all are welcome!
Illustration by Janis Salek
UPCOMING MEETINGS & SHOWS
Our next meeting will be on Sunday, August 14th from 9 AM to 3 PM (EDT) at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street in Manhattan.
This meeting will be a "Bring Your Postcards To Sell" Event
Everyone is welcome to bring postcards to sell at our next meeting, Sunday, August 14th. You don't have to be a postcard dealer - everyone can just bring any postcards you want to sell, whether it's a couple of postcards you no longer want or many boxes of postcards. There is no charge to sell at this particular meeting, so start looking through your postcards!
By Subway: Take any of these trains to 14th Street (A, C, E, F, L, M, N, Q, R, W, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), then change to the Brooklyn-bound L train for a quick ride to the 1st Avenue Stop in Manhattan. (If you take the 1,2 or 3 train, you will walk through a passageway to the L train.)
The L train runs frequently and the 1st Avenue Stop is just across the street from the 14th Street Y.
By Bus: The 14th Street Crosstown Bus comes right to the Y.
By Car: Take 2nd Avenue downtown and turn left on 14th Street - the Y is almost at 1st Avenue (because of traffic regulations you cannot turn onto 14th Street to get to the Y except from 1st or 2nd Avenue). Free street parking is available nearby.
Restaurants Nearby: The neighborhood of the 14th Street Y is bustling, with a great variety of restaurants nearby (Polish, Ukrainian, Japanese, Italian, bagels, artichoke pizza, vegetarian, American food, etc.) There are many restaurants on 1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue and 14th Street, so plan to have a walk around after the Club's meeting!
The 14th Street Y requires that you be vaccinated and prove it, so please be sure to have proof of vaccination and a photo ID with you.
METRO CLUB ONLINE NEWSLETTER
To view, please click onto the following links:
Benefits of club membership:
See sample Metro News article - Leonard Lauder – A Postcard Journey
If you are interested in joining, please note:
You may become a member at any club meetings or show, affective immediately upon payment of dues. You may also download an application from the link below and mail it in with your check or money order payable to the Metropolitan Postcard Club.
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