GERMANY, Kaiser Wilhelm postcard


GERMANY, postcard, 1907, photo of Kaiser Wilhelm II, 84x135mm, Unc

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Made in 1907 by Liersch publishers from a photo by the Berlin-Stieglitz New Photography Company. On the back is “Printed in Germany” in English, indicating for export to England, where it was purchased.

When I was in Europe in 2017 I saw shops selling antique postcards in a number of cities close to the rail station where the rents were high. Postcards are apparently bigger than coins over there.

The term “document” implies some official status applied to a piece of paper or non-paper equivalent (digital, cuneiform tablet, etc.). Any other piece of paper that might be of interest to collectors for some reason can be classified as “paper ephemera.” Could be a product wrapper, or a check (cheque). Or a magazine, or a postcard.

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.