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beryl

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Great site; learned a lot. I think a lot of souvenir cards are cut up. I have had this for some time: 
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Cut up B-29?

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Looks like B-29 to me.  I use that photo gallery reference alot now.  It's easy to spot all the cut up cards on Ebay.  What a shame people do that.  I went after 2 small collections of BEP cards in the last few weeks and both had fierce bidding.  I just wonder how many of those are going to get cut up.  What a shame.
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Yep, it's a cut down B-29. I don't get too concerned about the early BEP cards, though. You can see on the website listing that 41,000+ were sold. It's the later cards with much lower print runs that would be a travesty to cut up.
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Web site - here we go...

Like the basic feel, the graphics with fine engraving are exactly the right feel for the site. Like the thumnails and general organization, seems like most any card is just a couple logical hierarchical clicks away. Good job overall without being too flashwizbangy - folks are there for the cards, not for your mad HTML5 skillz... though I'd try to dress up that drop down menu... as the kids say, it's basic. Otherwise, nicely done and an obvious go to resource...
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Thanks for getting my blood stirring 😉...site is excellent...easy to get around...wealth of info...keep up great work!

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On the home page where it starts: What is a Souvenir Card? And it has the pictures of Souvenir cards in rotation on the right.  It seems to be on a 2 second refresh rate; I would slow that down to a 4 second refresh rate, make it a little larger if possible, and take the ANA 05' San Francisco and other small vignette one's out of the rotation and focus on larger engravings.  The first thing people are going to notice is the flashing pictures to the right and you want big and beautiful vignettes that are easy to see with a slower refresh rate.  

Bullet point number 2 ~ they are not postally valid or intended for use as post cards.  I would consider moving this bullet point to number 5 or removing it entirely.  It tells more about what a souvenir card is not as opposed to what it is.  The other points are more descriptive and positive leading the visitor to the site wanting to learn more.  Put bullet point number 2 on the postal (PS) US Postal service description page.  

The site is easy to navigate.  The articles of interest page needs active working links and I suspect that will happen when time allows.  You may want to think about putting links where they visitors can buy the books.  Or perhaps something saying: if you are interested in purchasing any of the books shown please visit our Links page under resources where you will find several dealers.  

Follow some of Krispy's advice.  

*And lastly I would put a link saying if you are a visitor to this site under the age of 25 I would love to hear your opinions about this site and what you think of souvenir cards.  Then try to gauge their level of interest as potential members.  Point the more enthusiastic ones to Member's Exchange page Lorne Lavertu (153) who is willing to sponsor 5 young members under the age of 25.

          
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This is great feedback -- many thanks!

The "carousel" of card images on the home page was intended to show representatives from all the different card categories. But I take your point about including larger vignettes. I'll look for some others. And Rod should be able to slow down the refresh rate a little.

As for the criteria defining a souvenir card, it is often easier to determine a card by what is is not. There are many things that look similar to cards but aren't -- in particular philatelic souvenir sheets, which contain valid postage stamps. Early on, the SCCS determined that these needed to be ruled out as souvenir cards, hence bullet point #2. This is something that could use more explanation, so I'm going to post a topic about it shortly.

Books -- All the books listed on the site are simply for reference. Alas, they are all out of print now (except the Scott catalog), so they can only be bought on the secondary market. That's probably worth mentioning at the top of the page.

Yes, articles are coming. I'm hoping to enlist some other SCCS members on this project, so I don't end up writing them all myself. Many of the potential topics listed on the Articles page have been covered in the Souvenir Card Journal, so we should be able to distill these into shorter educational pieces.

I wish we could interest younger members in Lorne's offer of a free year's membership for anyone under 25. I will think about ways we could better promote that on the site. Attracting young members would be a good discussion point for our next annual meeting.
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Thanks to Greg and Rod for creating this very useful site. It is clear, well-organized and pretty comprehensive. Visited it again today and learned a couple of new things.

I also read through the suggestion in this thread and saw many good ones. The only suggestion that I could think of adding is some sort of access to pricing or availability information, but I'm not sure how this might best be accomplished without making this too commercial or a price list.

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I have several of these cards that deal with fractional notes. It is an interesting site and I enjoyed looking through it.
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...The only suggestion that I could think of adding is some sort of access to pricing or availability information, but I'm not sure how this might best be accomplished without making this too commercial or a price list.


I thought about including price estimates, early on. But the problem is souvenir cards are such a niche hobby these days it's very hard to fix an accurate retail price. If you track BEP cards on ebay, for instance, you'll see selling prices are all over the board. I would say a reasonable gauge is still Ken Barr's website, though even his prices are out of date on some cards. Plus, if we start determining prices for these cards, there's the potential for turning the SCCS into a market maker and that wasn't my goal. Much better to remain more of a reference library. So for the time being we're just going to focus on getting the card images and data on the site and let collectors sort out best purchase price.
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The Forerunner (Union Cards) and the Forerunner BEP card galleries are posted now.  These are some very cool cards mostly from the late 1800's / early 1900's.
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Just so everyone knows, the webpage address has been changed.  Both the old and new address will work just fine.  

Old address:  http://www.sccscards.com
New address:  http://www.souvenircards.org

The new webpage address is more appropriate for the site.  It doesn't matter what address you use, you will still end up at souvenircards.org.  Any problems, let me know.

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Added more images to the (W) Washington Chapter SCCS cards gallery.
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Besides being a fan of Souvenir Cards, I work for a Stamp & Coin dealer and this site has been of great value helping me correctly sort and catalog a myriad of cards.  

Thanks everyone.

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Originally Posted by TomLynch

Besides being a fan of Souvenir Cards, I work for a Stamp & Coin dealer and this site has been of great value helping me correctly sort and catalog a myriad of cards.  

Thanks everyone.



Glad you finally found this forum, Tom! Many of the images from your retail website have found their way into the SCCS photo gallery. We appreciate your help and support!



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