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Methodist Episcopal Church, Montezuma, IA

July 9, 2017

For auction purposes, the value is a combination of the subject and the card itself. In the realm of subject, for example, African-Americans are always popular, as are Native Americans. Judaica is highly collectible, as well. I once bought a card which was identified (and priced) as an African-American woman; I knew that she was Native American and possibly worth somewhat more.

Cards themselves represent a wide variety of printing techniques, some of them patented methods, though RPPCs (real photo post cards) are still priced rather highly because you never know how many were printed — perhaps just the one you’re looking at. There are three RPPCs of Montezuma, Iowa’s Methodist church on eBay right now, priced $14/21/25, all too rich for me.

Though it’s hard to put a price on it, these cards represent moments in history. This project, for example, would have been considerably more difficult if postcards had not become a major resource for historical (albeit non-verbal) information.

Montezuma UMC was built in 1905. Typically, its history mentions the contractor (Anton Zwack) but never uses the title architect, let alone naming one. As someone educated to have become one, I hope you’ll pardon me being peeved/


One Comment
  1. The fact that the architect’s name is almost never mentioned, but the contractor’s name often is always perplexes me. It’s as if you had a painting and knew who made the canvas but not the painter.

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