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Learn some valuable dating and authentication tips for real photo postcards. Results 1 - 48 of POSTCARD Real Photo "Couples Ice Skating in Tandem" Funny Romantic Fashion .. Found in a old album dating to the s. Results 1 - 48 of Antique RPPC Real Photo Postcard Mexico & USA US Border Group Family . Found in a old family album dating to the early s. $

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The message, translated from French, reads: Clearly the fact that the label carried the word "champagne" was of great importance. By this date,the USA was already allowing picture postcards but Great Britain waited until before pictures were permissible. The First Picture Postcards These first picture postcards still had the address alone on one side. If you wanted to write a message it had to be crammed in alongside the picture, around it and sometimes over it.

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Very often manufacturers of the cards allowed quite a lot of white space for this message because the back was given over entirely for the address.

These were called "undivided back" postcards because there was no dividing line to the side of the address. No messages allowed on this side! Postcard dated Source Postcards With Divided Backs An early divided back card approximately Source Gradually countries started to allow the message to be written on the same side as the address. The Royal Mail in Great Britain was the first to do this in As you can see from this scan, the instructions were not to write a message in this space apart from a card being sent within the British Isles.

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Because some countries still insisted on the back for the address alone, space continued to be left for a message alongside the picture. These early divided backs gave priority to the address so that the address took up two thirds of the space and the message being confined to one third.

The size allowed for the message grew larger over the years and nowadays you often find the proportions reversed on some modern cards. A Later Divided-Back Postcard A later divided back postcard from Source As time went on and more countries allowed both address and message to appear together on the same side of the card, it led to some interesting instructions appearing. The USA allowed divided backs from 1 March and Japan from 28 Marchso this particular card's manufacture can be very neatly dated because it states "This space can now be used for communication to all countries except Japan and Spain".

Other cards have restrictions for Japan, Greece, Turkey.


Later Progress Early divided back card from Monaco Source At first manufacturers continued to leave space for a message with the picture, as in the card above, then later extended the image over the whole card. The instructions for whether or not to include a message with the address were steadily replaced by details about the picture itself.

The divided back or lack of it is one of the most obvious dating methods for early vintage cards but later on the style of the card becomes more important: Sometimes cards were printed as souvenirs of special event, they still are of course, so that's another way of dating the manufacture. Yet another way, for cards that have been through the mail, is the value of stamps used. If you have the postage rates you can work out when it was mailed.

Real Photo Postcards

It is really quite a fascinating subject, when you get into it, as is all postal history. Printing Method and Paper Type Ina publisher in Austria became the first to produce a coloured postcard. They used a method called chomolithography. This remained the main type of coloured postcard until the start of the 20th century.

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By the s, a new method of printing became more widely used. This involved printing on textured paper which gave the cards a texture like linen.

In the United States real photo postcards originated in Many vintage postcards have photomechanical ink and printing press images. These are distinguished under magnification by the dot or other printing pattern.

Set of 2 ORIGINAL old real photo postcards - GERMANY 1910s

Most ink and printing press postcards can also be identified by the naked eye as the images are not as clear and deep as the photographic image. Many early photomechanical postcards are collotypes and photoengravings, described in a later chapter. If an old postcard has 'Albertype' printed on the back, it's an antique collotype.

The American design of postcards was regulated by United States law. Below is a brief description of the vintage designs. Earlier cards were called 'Private Mailing Cards. A blank panel was put on the front for messages. Divided Back Era Postcards with a divided back began March 1 The address was to be written on the right side and the left side was for writing messages. This is the same style used today. The early images were 'full bleed,' meaning that they went all the way to the edge of the card.

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