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Show Board Winners, March 2011


Board Display Awards Go To:

Mary Meegan - Collecting Eggs - 1st place Thematic and Best in Show

John Pawlowski - Indians - 2nd place Thematic

Carl Mottern - Fly Navy - 1st place Modern

Kathy Ellman and Kim Murphy - Drinking - 2nd place Modern

Mark Modzelewski - Along the Niagara River - 1st place Topographical and People's Choice

Linda Murphy - Cornell - 2nd place Topographical

Norm Whitchurch - Taunton - 3rd place Topographical


Thank you for participating!!!  And a huge thanks to our judges Mary Ceini and John Lutz.



How to do a Display Board for the Postcard Show 101



Pick your topic - share what you know


Pick out the cards that most reflect that topic

            Cleanest - don't use cards that are wrinkled or have totally missing corners, etc.

            Rarity - if you have cards that aren't common, it's more interesting

            Interesting to look at - use cards that tell the story of your topic


Decide on a title - make it simple, and have it truly reflect the cards you are about to show


Laying out the board


Can use two panels if one isn't enough... make them match so you can tell they are together


Decide on what you are going to use as a background

            Our club does not have a size requirement for the boards

            Use something stiff - mat board, poster board, foam core, cardboard

            If you have a frame with glass, it's nice to keep cards clean and safe


                                    You can buy mat board from us at our cost... $7 for a 32 x 40 inch piece in March 2011

                                    Get project board or foam core from art store or office store, Wal-Mart, or Target

                                    You can use cardboard - white, cardboard color, or paint it


Pick a background color

            Look at your cards and see if you see a color that sets them off

            Hint: Dark green almost always works


We like to use a backer board for each card because it's easier to put photo corners on it

            You can use construction paper

            Index cards

            Cut-up poster board or mat board


Make title BIG so you can see the words

            Title can be made with purchased letters, computer-generated or even hand-lettered

            Neatness counts!


Arrange cards and title - if in doubt use rule of thirds (see attached page) 

            This is just a suggestion.  Only use if you need some guidance. 


Constructing the board


You can use "jigs" that you make or find - use cut up paper, folded envelopes, etc.


Use tweezers with clear photo corners - corners are sticky and can ruin your postcards


If you use backers put them on with glue - we have had tape fail


Keep extra information very brief and only if adds to cards


Cover with something - soft vinyl works well and doesn't cost much


Don't forget to put your name on the back



CONGRATULATIONS!  You've made a postcard display board!


Buffalo Postcard Club Exhibit Rules and Criteria for Judging




  1. One exhibit can occupy one or two boards.
  2. Exhibits will not bear the identity of the exhibitor.
  3. Any exhibit that has previously won a "best-of-show" or "people's choice" award is ineligible for competition.




Topographical: an exhibit depicting the features and social history of a town, city, or geographic region.  (from topography)

Thematic: an exhibit illustrating a theme or topic.

Modern: the majority of cards were published post 1950.




TREATMENT: 20 Points

Treatment evaluates the relevance of the cards included to the exhibit title or subject.  Judges will assess the cards for two elements: relevance of the cards to the topic and the significance of the cards to each other within the exhibit.  The title, plan and content of the exhibit should provide a logical and judicious classification of the cards well adapted to the plan.  This evaluation does not cover condition or manner in which the cards are displayed, as these factors are covered in Condition and Presentation.



Points will be awarded for evidence of the breadth of the topic exhibited.  Judges will look for comprehensive coverage of the material, rather than number of cards, and that as many aspects of the topic are covered as is possible



This element recognizes the effort made by the exhibitor to provide the viewer with and appreciation of the background of the material exhibited.  It may contain maps, diagrams or other visual items as they provide supplementary information relative to the exhibit.  Written explanations should be concise and interesting to the picture story being presented.



Exhibitors will be expected to show a good knowledge of the subject presented.  Evidence of original research will be well regarded, although it is accepted that research is not feasible in all cases, particularly when prior extensive research has been done by third parties.


RARITY:  10 Points

This is a difficult area to judge, when the factors such as popularity, collector demand, and the number of items that survived are taken into consideration.  Most importantly, it should not be judged on market value but rather on the difficulty of the acquisition.


CONDITION: 15 Points

Points will be awarded for the condition of the cards in the exhibit.  They should normally be free from stains, creases, trimming, bent corners, fading, holes, etc.  this is especially applicable to modern cards which should be pristine.  Judges will make allowances for visible defects when age or rarity is present.



The display should be designed to entice the viewer to look more closely at the exhibit and to complement the cards there.  However, it is equally important that the artwork and/or text display does not overshadow the card content.