Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes, nearly all of the cards we sell are original vintage postcards. Most reproductions will be noted in the title or description.
We do also provide high-resolution scans of many of the older cards (download only) that are in the public domain. These are on a secondary "Purchase this Scan" page.
Value depends on a number of factors:
Maybe. CardCow is not an open multi-vendor marketplace, but we do occasionally allow other qualified dealers to list items.
We do also auction collections or cosign them for sale. Please Contact Us for more details if you wish to consign or auction your collection.
Yes! A cancel or stamp in and of itself usually doesn't decrease the value of a postcard if it doesn't affect the image on the front of the card. Although some collectors prefer unused cards, the are other collectors that prefer to have mailed cards because it difnitively places the card at a time in history. The stamp or cancel can add to the value for stamp (philiatelic) and postal history collectors. Also, a message may add interesting facts or geneological information to a card.
We can provide 300 to 1200 dpi images of individual cards in the public domain for a nominal fee.
We currently do not do any printing and do not sell prints - the scans provided are digital files only which most online and local printers & graphic artists can easily work with.
Many of the images of our cards are in the public domain, so you may be able to use their images Royalty-Free.
Copyright Terms and Public Domain [cornell.edu]
Google Books has also scanned the US Catalog of Copyright Entires for easy searching of pre-1978 copyright registrations.
The CardCow watermark on some images is for identification purposes only and not a claim of copyright.