Postcards popular at auction

POSTCARDS depicting images from Launceston and surroundings from the early 1900s caught the eye of bidders at Armitage Auctions at Invermay yesterday.

The postcards contained images of Launceston's streets, as well as areas such as the Cataract Gorge.

``They came in from a private vendor, who sent them all in three albums and sorted them out, with pretty much all the cards addressed to a Campbell Town family,'' Armitage Auctions auctioneer Neil O'Brien said.

``As a combined total the collection [of about 150 cards] went for about $2200, with the most expensive card, which displayed the old Devon Cycle Works, selling for $180.''

Other interesting items auctioned included an ivory puzzle ball on a stand, which sold for $700, and a colonial cedar sideboard, which sold for $2800.

Armitage's next auction will be held on Wednesday, April 9.

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