A "RaphoType" postcard made in Holland by Raphael Turk and Sons, publishers to their majesties the King and Queen. A color drawing of the Union Depot in Akron, Ohio. The Depot was located at College and East Market Streets, four blocks from the business center of Akron. It was erected in 1891 at total cost of $ 75,000 with $15,000 being for the building itself.
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About The Collection
The donor, David P. Campbell, describes his postcard collection: My “gentle obsession” of postcard collecting began with a collision of two flukes in 1985. One was finding 50 – 100 postcards when moving my mother from her home of 35 years into a retirement home. The second was stumbling across a magazine, The Postcard Collector, a few weeks later. I have always been a very visual person, having a strong sense of curiosity about almost anything. Where else can you buy beautiful pictures covering a wide range of areas from art, music, politics, the military & religion? As well as weddings, funerals, athletic teams, choirs, geography & humor. Since I am a retired psychologist, a fascination for me has been postcards that show large groups of people having their photo taken. Postcards are a very interesting form of art as many cards prevail using many unusual materials such as silk, wood, copper, sand, feathers, human hair, embroidery or hand-drawn. Some of these cards are 80, 90 and even 100 years old! Many cost as low as $1 and some as high as $75 each, with an average price between $5 - $6. Postcard collecting is a great diversion while traveling the globe. Having amassed over 130,000 postcards today, I can say it is a “gentle obsession” indeed!