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
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
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
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.
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING EXHIBITS
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.
DEVELOPMENT: 10 Points
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
COMMENTARY: 10 Points
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.
RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE: 20 Points
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.
PRESENTATION: 15 Points
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.