Dating postcards divided back
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There may be some indication on the back of the card about the type of photo paper used - this is often indicated by the stamp box, which will be visible if your postcard is unused. The back of the postcard was for the address ONLY. By the s, the standard size of cards had grown to 4 x 6 inches.
Still, no message was permitted on the address side. Also looking for stamp boxes not listed here, both U. If the card is old and it is larger than 3. This was suitable for making contact prints, rather than enlargements for which the source of light would be much weaker.
Quick Reference Real Photo Old Postcard Dating Guide
The words "Post Card" were not printed on postcards until December 24, All entries on one page may be slow to load. There are many Postcards that reproduce photos by various printing methods that are NOT "real photos" None show the "Authorized by Act of Congress" byline.
At this time, a dozen or more American printers began to focus on post card production. Although the world's first picture post cards date from the s to the mids, post cards, as we know them, came into being in the United States about Most, but not all, will be multiple view cards.
Example 5 - The writer takes control! On May 19,the government gave private printers permission to print and sell postcards.
Stamp Boxes for Real Photo Vintage Postcards
How old is your postcard? It is of course possible to find undivided back cards used after and divided back cards used with older pre stamps. Every subject known to man can be found on a postcard.
It is sometimes very hard to date a card unless it has been postally used or dated by the photographer. This was posted in but may well have been printed any time after January If the postmark on a postally used card is readable, that is the dating postcards divided back clue to its age.
Real Photo Post Cards to Postcard Postage Rate Changes. The message, therefore, had to be written on the front picture side of the dating postcards divided back.
Improvements in America printing technology brought improved card quality. A divided back postcard example 3 has a line down the middle, or some other indication that one half of the back is for the address and the other half is for a message.
Real photo postcards are actual photographs printed on postcard paper.
Cards previous to that had to have the Private Mailing Card Statement. The easiest way to distinguish a real photo postcard is to look at it under a magnifying glass; it will show smooth transitions from one tone to another.
Website by Gale Web Marketing. The words "Post Card" were not printed on postcards until December 24, Up to this point, most postcards were printed in Germany, which was far ahead of the United States in the use of lithographic processes.
PRIVATE MAILING CARD ERA (1898-1901)
Early postcards had an undivided back example 2. Furthermore, strong competition in a narrowing market caused many publishers to go out of business.
Undivided Back Era New U. Colored borders, partial borders and scalloped edges can be found. Early Divided Back Era The White Border era dates from to