METROPOLITAN POSTCARD CLUB OF NEW YORK CITY



 
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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.

 
Auction drawing by Janis Salek

Illustration by Janis Salek


 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & SHOWS


Metropolitan Postcard Club is an active postcard club that meets every month. Our
community is made up of postcard enthusiasts who have been collecting postcards for decades
and those just starting out. We hope to see you at out upcoming activities. Here is our Fall 2022
schedule of events:


Sunday, September 11th - Club meeting 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th
Street at 1st Avenue).


Sunday, October 9th - Club meeting 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 14th Street Y featuring a special
Postcard Album Competition. All members are welcome to bring their albums to this meeting to share with everyone. Prizes will be given to the top 3 albums, as voted on by everyone at the
meeting. It's going to be great so don't miss it!


Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th - Metropolitan Postcard Club's Fall 2022 Postcard Show at The New Yorker Hotel (8th Avenue at 34th Street). We are expecting hundreds of people to be at our show. Featured at the show will be many postcard dealers from the New York area and from far away who will present a wide variety of postcards for sale at all prices. 

Our shows are a lot of fun, so plan to be with us both days! The hours are Saturday 11 a.m. to 6
p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for both days ($5.00 for members).


Sunday, December 11th - Club meeting 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring our Holiday Celebration at the 14th Street Y. Come celebrate with us!

 
If you've not been to our new location, the 14th Street Y is very easy to get to by subway or bus (and there is plenty of free street parking if you drive): 

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


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MEMBERSHIP

Benefits of club membership:

See sample Metro News article - Leonard Lauder – A Postcard Journey

  • Free access to all meetings.
  • Discount rate to club-sponsored shows.
  • Free entry into postcard album competitions, with prizes.
  • Opportunities to set up and sell postcards at meetings.
  • Free subscription to our beautiful printed bimonthly bulletin Metro News.

If you are interested in joining, please note:

  • Dues are $30 per person for one year: Good for 12 meetings or shows, and six bulletins.
  • Only one bulletin will be sent out per household.
  • Membership card will be mailed with your first newsletter.

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.

Download Membership Application (.pdf)


 

CONTACTS, LINKS & SOCIAL MEDIA

GENERAL INFO & PRESS/MEDIA
Contact our president Steve Zalph:   metropostcardclub@gmail.com  or (917) 587-8673

Mailing Address:
Metropolitan Postcard Club
c/o Steve Zalph
2 East 28th St., Suite 205
New York, NY 10016

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DEALERS wishing to participate at

  • November show or monthly meetings, contact Steve Zalph [metropostcardclub@gmail.com  or (917) 587-8673]

  • [NOTE: You need not be an official dealer to set up at our monthly meetings. Collectors with a couple shoeboxes of cards to offer are welcome too! Reserve your table in advance, $15 table fee for anyone who sets up.]



     

SOCIAL MEDIA
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LEARN ABOUT POSTCARDS
We are hopeful that the postcard publisher/history resource MetroPostcard.com will return soon. It is currently offline due to security upgrades. Although we are unaffiliated with that site, it's an invaluable resource and we look forward to it coming back online at some point.


 

Last updated August 11th, 2022