Collecting Poster Stamps
Starting as a graphic design major at Pratt Institute, Bonnie has always been attracted to great graphics, including vintage automotive images, both as a collector and dealer.
She was a fixture for a number of years at the Monterey Car Week shows, with her vintage automotive scarves and ties along with postcards and paper advertising rarities.
A current need to stay close to home in Florida led to her creation of the website VintageAutoCollectibles.com as a resource for collectors of superb vintage automotive wearables and exceptional early 20th century ephemera.
Some of Bonnie's Articles:
Collecting Poster Stamps Issue #3 Jan/Feb 2019
Tiny, But unique and very collectible!
Many people are unfamiliar with these exquisite gems known as poster stamps: non-denominated stamps, not used for postage, but created to advertise a product or event. In many cases, these stamps (generally, but not always perforated) are miniatures of actual posters. At the height of their popularity, in the days before radio and television, they were a powerful advertising tool.
Collecting Postcards Issue #4 Mar/Apr 2019
There are few collectibles that offer as wide a range of options and availability to beginner, and advanced collectors than picture postcards. Unlike other collectibles originally produced in limited numbers due to narrow interests or non-technological manufacturing methods, picture postcards arrived on the scene in the mid-to-late 1890s to immediate popular interest.
Postcard historians claim postcards printed and collected on a worldwide basis in the early 20th century created the largest collecting craze ever to have taken place.
Collecting Postcards Issue #6 July/Aug
In the early years of the 20th century, one of the most popular and economical forms of advertising was the picture postcard. Beautiful images spanning the Art Nouveau and later Art Deco eras were produced by noted illustrators and poster artists of the day, and mailed across the world on the simple postcard. Coinciding with this artistic period was the burgeoning automobile industry. In the first decade of the century, men of wealth partnered with engineers to create distinctive vehicles, though numerous, these companies lasted only short spans. Surviving today are the postcards, reminders of bygone marques, and prized by many collectors. The U.S. and several European nations were home to hundreds of now defunct auto makers, and some of the most iconic vintage postcards are of the early French autos.