Mailday: Expanding Horizons & Indianapolis Motor Speedway

As I’ve shifted my collecting focus to vintage racing and (some) football, it’s become apparent that I need to think outside the box.  In both sports, there isn’t a ton out there from before 1948.

On the racing side, I’ve opened up to postcards.  I attended a postcard show last month and my eyes were opened to a whole new world.  I never knew so much was available or that there was so much interest.  I discovered a lot of vintage Indianapolis Motor Speedway ones and even picked up a few.  At some point, I will post them.  However, this one was an eBay pickup.  I am delighted with it and only paid $2 (INCLUDING the shipping).

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The day of the postcard show, I learned that it’s somewhat easy to put post cards into a time frame that they were produced.  I plan to do more in the future, but a quick interwebz search landed me on the Smithsonian Institute Postcard History page.  This is a “Linen” card, placing it’s production as somewhere between 1930 and 1945.

With our sports cards we want the “mint,” as perfect card as we can get.  What I discovered is that with postcards, I actually prefer used ones.  As a newbie in postcards, it’s nice to see a postmark date.  While that doesn’t tell you an actual production year, it can narrow it down.

I’ve decided to start a collection of IMS postcards from over the years.  I love the ones with images like this, where you can see the entire track.  The ability to also date them will provide a look at how the track and Speedway, Indiana itself has grown over the last 100+ years.

If you have any interest in contributing, I’d love to have more content for readers!  If you like what we’re doing and want updates when we post new pieces, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Please take the time and also look through some other pieces on the site.  I’m still looking for more folks that would like to contribute, so let me know if you are!  You can follow me on my other Twitter handles at @kin_kinsley and @DFW_Card_Shows.

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