A postcard or post card is a piece of thick paper or thin cardboard , typically rectangular, intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. Non-rectangular shapes may also be used but are rare. There are novelty exceptions, such as wooden postcards , copper postcards sold in the Copper Country of the U. In some places, one can send a postcard for a lower fee than a letter. Stamp collectors distinguish between postcards which require a postage stamp and postal cards which have the postage pre-printed on them. While a postcard is usually printed and sold by a private company, individual or organization, a postal card is issued by the relevant postal authority often with pre-printed postage. Production of postcards blossomed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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The following information regarding political postcards was distributed at the APIC National Convention in Columbus Ohio during a seminar on political postcards. Thank them for their efforts. Sailboat in circle.
The Divided Back Great Britain was the first country to sanction the use of the divided back postcard in Other countries followed in the years.
Postcard collectors have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to quickly approximating, with just a quick glance, when cards were produced. With a little practice, you can do it too. Although the very earliest postcards were sent in the s, picture postcards began a bit later. Postcard collectors always refer to the address side as the back, and the picture side as the front.
This example of a Pioneer Card has a government Postal Card back and is postmarked They got their start at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago and marked the first time visitors could send a peek of the sights from their trip to people at home. Pioneers have a U. PMCs or Private Mailing Cards began when an act of Congress allowed the private sector to print and sell postcards. Pre postcards in excellent condition are scarce.
Viewed from the front, this Undivided Back scene of Tampa, Florida. Messages had to be written on the front, and you often see a wide white margin for that purpose.
How to Estimate the Age of a Vintage Postcard
If you work with Japanese picture postcards as historical source material, you have probably noticed that most surviving cards lack postmarks and other temporal indicators. This post provides a guide to estimating the age of these revealing artifacts, based on printing conventions that conformed to international and Japanese postal regulations. This post also provides several examples and explanations of Japanese postmarks.
These were plain cards, front and back with a pre-printed stamp and were – The Divided Back postcard was introduced, which allowed people to write This brings us bang up to date .. nowadays the hobby of postcard collecting.
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Do you have an old postcard and curious about its age? If the postcard is used, the most check the date on the postmark. However, there are many postcards that were never mailed or that a part of the post mark is illegible or soiled. Here are some general guidelines to help determine the age range of your post card. Date when postcards were first mailed:. Postcards started to be sent internationally in , after the first meeting of the General Postal Union in Berne, Switzerland.
If the postcard is used, the most check the date on the postmark. A divided back postcard (example 3) has a line down the middle, or some other indication that.
There are a myriad of ways one can determine an approximate or sometimes an exact date for your old postcard. Among them are:. Some postcards, especially chromes printed by the LL Cook Company and a few others, and many vintage postcards by the Detroit Publishing Company also known as Detroit Photographic or Phostints put copyright dates right on the card about These earlier dates usually applied to the image and in many cases the card was actually printed a few years later.
A few postcards are either explicitly dated by the sender or implicitly dated by mentioning the current president or even a disaster or other current event mentioned. I found a William Jennings Bryan poster in the window of one real photo of a house once. Older cards without a line or divider on the address side date between Leather cards were made within this era Undivided Back, Divided Back,
Undivided Backs (Pre-1907)
Great Britain was the first Country to issue divided back postcards in followed by France and Germany. This quickly led to a sharp increase in card sales. To keep in step with Europe the United States released new postal regulations on March 1, that divided the back of postcards in half, the left side for a message, the right for postage and address. This date is often referred to as the birth of the modern postcard for it created the same format that we use today.
On some of the earliest cards of this period the dividing line is left of center often accompanied by printed instructions of what could be written and where. The most obvious affect of this new measure is that it allowed an image to take up the entire front of a card, though some publishers maintained a small border tab for a few remaining years.
A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended Divided Back Era (March 1, ) (the Golden Age of postcards) Postage Rates for Postcards. Date. Rate in $. January 1,
Germans in France cathedral destruction during the French revolution, subsidiary page to Germans in France. Marianne – a French national symbol, with French definitive stamps. Pic du Midi – observing stars clearly, A64 Carcassonne, A world heritage fortified city. Futuroscope Vulcania Space City, Toulouse. Le Tour de France: cycling tactics. You find a pretty and interesting postcard in a secondhand bookshop, maybe in France, or on e-bay.
But the correspondent did not date their message and the postmark franking on the stamp is smudged. Can you discover how old the card is? To help make some sense of being able to date old postcards, first we give a short general history of postcards. This is be followed by more detailed listings for some countries – Great Britain, the United States of America and France.
The card had the address on one side and a message on the other, but no picture. Before this, there were advertising cards that were often hand-delivered.
Stamps on Postcards – a guide to dating cards
Deltiology Deltiology, the official name for postcard collecting, is thought to be one of the three largest collectable hobbies in the world along with coin and stamp collecting. Postcards are popular because of the wide range of subjects, with just about every subject imaginable being at some time, portrayed on a postcard. History itself can be tracked on postcards, from historical buildings, famous people, art, holidays and more. The First Postage Stamp The Penny Black which was issued in England in is the world’s first adhesive postage stamp.
A postcard or post card is a piece of thick paper or thin cardboard, typically rectangular, This was the cheapest form of post provided to the Indian people to date and proved a huge success. For example, “divided back” postcards were introduced to Great Britain in , 5 years before the United States. The golden age.
We hope you find this guide useful but it should be used with caution, stamps in circulation could and can! Stamps illustrated are the common issues for the relevant ‘postcard rate’ of the period. Multiples of lower value stamps were often used, as were stamps higher than the required amount. Prior to this date – pre-printed plain cards were in use which are commonly referred to as ‘Postal Stationery’ The size of cards varied throughout this period.
Great Britain was the first country to sanction the use of the divided back postcard in Other countries followed in the years afterwards. The divided back allowed for one side of the card to be used for both the address and a message seperated by a central line.
How to Identify and Date Postcards
THE caption was often written on the negative which was often glass. Real photo postcards have been produced since the early ‘s. Kodak sold a postcard camera and you could buy a stamp of film, take your postcards, and have them developed on special postcard stamps. These cameras captured many timeline photos, events, and disasters.
Many of these postcards are rare, one of a kind postcards and historical documents. Collectors should look at real photo postcards carefully.
By this date, , the USA was already allowing picture postcards, but The divided back (or lack of it) is one of the most obvious dating.
Most Real Photo Postcards, abbreviated RPPC, have information on their backs to help in identifying the manufacturer of the photographic paper that was used by the postcard publisher. If you can identify the paper manufacturer, you can approximate the age of the old postcard. If the postcard has a stamp box, click on one of stamp box links below. If there is no stamp box, or a generic stamp box, go to Postcards Backs. All entries on one page may be slow to load.
Real Photo Postcards are photographs that are reproduced by actually developing them onto photographic paper the size and weight of Postcards, with a Postcard back. There are many Postcards that reproduce photos by various printing methods that are NOT “real photos” The best way to tell the difference is to look at the Postcard with a magnifying glass.
If the photo is printed, you will see that it is made up of a lot of little dots, the same as a photo printed in a newspaper.