Hilton woman’s well-travelled 1901 postcards likely to fetch hundreds of rands at auction

2012-05-28 00:00

TWO old and interesting postcards, dating back to 1901, went on display yesterday ahead of being auctioned at next month’s stamp fair and auction.

The cards belong to Anne Southwood who has been collecting postcards and stamps for 20 years.

“A lot of people were guessing where they had come from,” she said last night of the viewing at Kloof Country Club, where they will go under the hammer.

The monthly auction started 15 years ago.

Southwood, a former estate agent, is now a full time deltiologist — a person who studies and collects postcards.

The cards’ journey began in Durban, after a bank manager sent them to banks around the world, and they have been to India, Singapore, Cape Town, Shanghai, Melbourne, London and other places.

“They were given to me by a retired accountant, who got them from his family. He gave me three huge bags full of postcards last week. I went through the bags and came across these two and I found them to be very interesting,” said the 73-year-old from Hilton.

Southwood, who has hundreds of stamps and postcards in her collection, believes the cards are each worth R500.

Her fascination with postcards started when she was very young.

But it was only a couple of years ago, after she received a postcard from someone, she realised she could make money from her hobby.

“I sent it to the Post Card Society to have it evaluated. They told me it was worth R500 and that is when I saw this hobby as an investment.”

Southwood said the most money she had received for a postcard was R3 000. “I bought it for $10 and got a lot of money for it.”

She now buys, sells and evaluates old postcards. The widow said this was a great way to keep busy, especially for retired people. She believes postcards are a part of history and a great way of learning.

She encourages schoolchildren to collect them.

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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