Attention Illinois Area Postcard Collectors: The BIG Chicago Show is Coming Soon

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Show organizer Courthouse Square Antique Postcards encourage enthusiasts to visit postcard dealers from around the United States, huge stocks of great cards in all price ranges. Over 25 dealers, showcasing more than 100 tables of beautiful vintage postcards and paper ephemera and Americana make up this two-day event.

"We look forward to bringing a diverse group of postcard sellers and buyers together in Countryside twice a year," said Jim Taylor, show producer and owner of Courthouse Square Antique Postcards.

Organizers are anticipating hundreds of attendees over a two-day period when the Greater Chicago Antique Postcard & Paper Americana Show and Sale gets underway in Countryside Ill., Friday and Saturday, April 19 - 20, 2013.

In its 22st year, this show offers vintage to modern collectible postcards for sale in all price ranges.

Sellers and buyers are coming from across the U.S., Canada and Europe; as well as dealers/vendors with over 100 tables of material for sale. Lots of original historical photos and printed images of all states, and many foreign countries, and 1000's of other topicals, Halloween, Hold to Light, Santas, artist-signed postcards and other historical paper memorabilia and ephemera are set for sale. Numerous boxes of inexpensive cards are also available.

Show highlights include hourly drawings for gift certificates; free appraisals-time permitting, and free hobby magazines. Barr's Postcard News issues are available while supplies last, with representatives of Barr's Postcard News there to provide additional information about their publication. Also on hand are representatives of Curt Teich Archives, Lake County Discovery Museum, showing and discussing their exhibits and collections.

Archival postcard storage and exhibit supplies and reference volumes are available for purchase.

"Our vendors bring quality collections and accumulations for their collector customers, and are always looking to give free appraisals, time permitting, to collections and accumulations brought in from the area," said Taylor. "Several large collections have been appraised and sold at this show in recent years. Our expert appraisers look forward to seeing new material here year after year.

"This year we are co-sponsoring a pre-show reception, along with Barr's Postcard News, at the Curt Teich Archives, Lake County Discovery Museum, 27277 N Forest Preserve Rd, Wauconda, IL 60084

Courthouse Square Antique Postcards and Barr’s Post Card News cordially invite the public to a reception at the Lake County Discovery Museum Thursday, April 18, 5 – 7 p.m., celebrating the 30th anniversary of a national treasure! Staff members are scheduled for gallery tours. Light refreshments are planned. RSVP to the Teich Archives 847-968-3381

Free passes to the Friday, Saturday Greater Chicago Postcard and Paper Show in Countryside, will be distributed at the reception. Tickets for the show are available at the Countryside, IL, show location beginning at 9 am Friday.

This semi-annual postcard show is one of the nation's largest, involving buyers and sellers bringing millions of antique postcards for sale, as well as buying collections and accumulations, and giving free appraisals of most all vintage postcards, old photographs, and paper ephemera.

The top dealers and collectors of historical view postcards, artist-signed images, topics, posters, and photographs are expected to attend. New to the show vendors from Nevada, California, New York and the South are attending.

This year’s dealers include: Doug Wayne, CA, Dennis Goreham, UT, Tony Meager, AZ, Judy Cresap, IL, Steve and Janet Schmale, CA, Cherryland Auctions, MI, Bindy Bitterman, IL, Susan Nicholson, IL, Jim Taylor, MO, Fred Tanner, MI, Mike Schulz, IL, Bill Poore, IL, Dan Frankel, NV, Wally Jung, MI, Coleen Vagnini, IL, Carol Kamin, IL, Lee Lanning, TX, Martin Wadler, NY, Jim Dehne, TX, Doug Aikenhead, MI, John and Sue Bigelow, La, Jim Pluta, IL, John McBride, KS, others expected by showtime.

"Early bird" admission is available at 9 a.m., Friday for $10 and covers both days. Regular admission is $5 for both days. Show times are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday, April 19, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013.

The show is scheduled for Engineer's Hall (Local 150 IUOE), 6200 Joliet Road, Countryside IL 60525. Free parking with easy access, is available from Joliet Road, Countryside, just off I-55.

Host hotel is Best Western Countryside, 708-354-5200, directly across Joliet Road from the show venue.

Additional details and background available at; flyers, vendor lists, directions, schedule and show details, at

Email: postcards(at)courthousesquare(dot)net for dollar-off admissions coupons.

For more information contact Jim Taylor, Courthouse Square Antique Postcards, 888-451-0340, jmtaylor(at)ipa(dot)net

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