European Fair for Old Postcard, Contest Winner, Culture, Pricewatch
Thu, 23 May 2013
This week, we have the pleasure to announce you our presence at two fairs, which will take place in
We will reveal to you who is the lucky winner of our "Wiener Werkstätte Postcard" Contest.
Then discover a passion that will make you travel in our culture section...
Finally we will end this newsletter by our traditional Price watch.
Your Delcampe Team
|European Fair for Old Postcard in Brussels (Belgium)
It is with great pleasure that we announce you our participation in the Fair for Old Postcard in Brussels, on June 9, 2013. It is the biggest fair for old postcard in Belgium. We will be happy to meet you there! You will have the opportunity to meet Philippe and Steve of our team. More information in our diary!
|International Collector's Fair in Soignies (Belgium)
We are happy to announce our participation in the 12th Collector's Fair in Soignies (Belgium). This fair will be held on June 2, 2013.
Come and join us, you will also have the opportunity to meet Philippe and Steve there. More information in our diary!
THE DELCAMPE CONTEST WINNER/
We are very pleased to reveal the name of the winner of our Wiener Werkstätte Contest launched in last March.
The lucky winner has won a very nice postcard created by the Wiener Werkstätte.
It is our member 58gg85. Congratulations!
Discover or rediscover this artistic current born at the beginning of the 20th century in our newsletter dedicated to the subject.
We also remind you that the catalogue "Wiener Werkstätte - The Illustrated Catalogue of Postcards" dedicated to the postcards of this current is available on our website.
CULTURE/ The passion for trains...
Trains have always been admired by both young and old either in toys shop storefront as well as at natural size on the platform of a train station...
We find the passion for trains within several fields: photography, the restoration of old trains and especially steam locomotives, railroad scale modeling, collections of postcards, of stamps or of models. Some don't stop at the train itself... They also collect everything related to railway heritage in general such as license plates or mechanical parts.
Did you know that the first train or rather the first steam engine dated back to 1804?
It is in England in February 1804, that occurred the very first entry into use on rails of a steam locomotive. Built by Englishman Richard Trevithick, it could pull 20 tons of freight cars and reached the speed of 8 km/h (4.97 mph).
In 1825, the English engineer Georges Stephenson created the first railway line opened to the public. The use of it is commercial and connects Stockton to Darlington. England is then the first country to develop lines of railroad.
The first regular rail line is opened in 1830. It connects Liverpool to Manchester. This is the beginning of the development of the railways for the transport of persons. In 1900, the first electric motors appeared. They are powerful and compact enough allowing for the introduction of electric traction, still in use today.
Throughout the course of history, several trains providing liaison between peoples have become mythical, such as the Orient-Express, the Trans-Siberian or the Indian Pacific.
Transactions Follow-up, Online Help Survey, Old Trade: Bear Tamer
Thu, 9 May 2013
This week, we explain to you how to follow your transactions very easily in our section "Did you know it?".
Then we invite you to express yourself in our new poll about the Delcampe online help.
Finally, we will conclude our newsletter with our culture section where we talk about a trade very often depicted on postcards: the bear tamer.
Your Delcampe Team
|DID YOU KNOW IT?/ Transactions Follow-up
When a sale ends, you can easily do the follow-up of the "after-sale".
To do this, go to "My Delcampe" in "Sell: Closed sales (with buyer)" or "Buy: Won bids"
For each transaction, you will find the name of the buyer or the seller as well as all the information as regards the sale. You can follow the status of the transaction and the status of the sending of the item thanks to the box "Follow-up":
When the icons are grayed, it means that the status is not active. The stage of this transaction has not been reached yet. Conversely, when they are colored, it is active. To activate them, the seller or the buyer simply has to click on these according to the status of the transaction.
As regards the payment icons, their activation is automated when the payment is made via Paypal and Skrill used in the frame of the Delcampe e-wallet. Discover in the following lines a precise description of every icon.
Icon "Payment requested"
Indicates that the payment has been requested to the buyer. By leaving the mouse on the icon, it is possible to see when exactly payment was requested.
Icon "Payment sent"
It informs you about the sending of the payment by the buyer. It is also possible to see when the payment was made by leaving the cursor on the icon.
Icon "Payment received"
It specifies whether the seller has received the payment, and if yes, when.
Icon "Item sent"
This fourth icon indicates if the item has been sent to the buyer. It indicates as well when this was done.
Icon "Item received"
It allows to know if the item was received by the buyer. Again, by leaving the cursor of the mouse on the icon, you can see when the item was received.
We greatly advise you to use these icons in order to facilitate the communication with your buyers or sellers. This way, at any time, each one knows at what stage the transaction is!
| CULTURE / Bear tamers
Whether you are a collector of postcards or not, you have certainly noticed that a lot of old postcards depict bears and their tamer.
This is in fact a very old trade: the bear tamer.
Dating back to the Middle Ages, the trade has particularly developed itself in Europe in the 19th century from the mountainous areas like Abruzzo, Ariège or certain regions of the Balkans. This job then allowed to meet the needs of the poorest families.
The bear tamers fall into the category of small trades. They travel cities and villages with one or more bears, muzzled and chained to the "pleasure" of the public at the time.
The cubs are first captured, castrated, bred and trained, then taken onto the markets where they serve as attractions. At the time, they were even attributed with all sorts of healing powers for who dares to approach and caress them...
Bear taming is a popular trade at the time. It is a way to entertain oneself and the coming of a bear tamer is always an event. This explains the high number of postcards depicting this job. Some collectors even specialize only in this highly sought theme. It is the notion of lost "small trade" which awakens the nostalgia among collectors of these unusual postcards...
It's your turn to speak up! The Great Delcampe annual Poll is waiting for you....
Thu, 2 May 2013
The Delcampe website has been created more than 10 years ago ... and it has always been important for us to meet your expectations and to take into account your suggestions.
This is why, even though our community keeps growing, we conduct an annual poll to collect your impressions and opinion about the website.
This is poll is important for us as it enables us to ensure that the site evolves while taking into account our members' experiences, both from our new and more experienced members.
We have noticed that many took part in our previous poll, providing ideas, comments and remarks. We have already been able to take this information into account last year...
For 2013, we are counting on you...
... and we hope that even more members will participate!
We have prepared an online form for you. It enables you to tell us:
- what you like (5 positive points);
- what you don't like (5 negative points);
- what you would like as new features (5 ideas);
- what our site means to you;
- feel free to voice your opinion (suggestions, encouraging messages,...)
- Your answers will remain confidential. We will not communicate them to a third party -
- Thank you to those of you who took part in the survey last year. We are counting on you! -