The Souvenir CardCollectors Society

 



History of the SCCS
The Souvenir Card Collectors Society was founded in 1981 by Dr. Curt Radford, the first not-for-profit national organization of souvenir card and intaglio-printed vignette collectors and dealers. Dr. Radford remains the Society's president emeritus. The group's first project was to establish a numbering system for the growing amount of cards. Members approved a modified system originated by Frank Bruns, who published the first catalog of souvenir cards in 1980.

In 1989, Dr. Radford produced a comprehensive catalog of the then-known cards, followed by a supplement issued as Vol. 11, #2 of the Souvenir Card Journal. Since that time a number of new categories of souvenir cards have been catalogued, including many issued by the SCCS and its members. In 2008, SCCS president William Kriebel produced a Visual Reference guide for known souvenir cards and intaglio prints, and has since added several updates, the last in 2015.

Two chapters of the Society were established. In 1985, Chapter 1, based in Washington, DC, and in 1993, Metro Chapter 4, based in New York City. (Chapters 2 and 3 were never started.) Both chapters regularly issued their own souvenir cards. In 2018 the Metro Chapter was dissolved.

Issuance of official cards peaked in the early 1990s and collector demand, particularly for philatelic cards, waned in later years. American Bank Note Company ceased printing cards in 1996. The Bureau of Engraving & Printing no longer issues cards for philatelic shows and its Intaglio Print Program currently releases three or four cards a year, down from 14 in 1993. Retired BEP pressman Michael Bean has stepped in to fill the niche, independently printing hundreds of intaglio cards in a variety of categories for more than 25 years. A loyal core group of members continues to collect souvenir cards in celebration of the fine art of intaglio engraving.






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