I have been collecting postcards all my life as my father did before me. I now have many thousands of them, both vintage and modern. Postcard collecting can be a fascinating hobby, as I have found out over the years. The earliest cards date from the midth century and have a very well-documented history. But for any individual card, there can be some doubt about its exact age. Many people prefer to collect unused postcards which have never been posted. As a result, you can’t use the postmark as a guide in estimating the card’s age. Even so, all collectors are curious to know how old their postcards are, because their age has some bearing on their value. Even when there is a postmark, it may be blurred, or someone may have lost it in the depths of a drawer for years before sending it through the post. As a result, we have to find our clues from the card itself.
History of Postcards in the UK (potted version!)
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.
Dates valentine Negatives. British Postcards. Most Valentine cards certainly most published from onwards have numbers on the front of the cards, sometimes in.
Germans in English 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 English, 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 postcards did not date their dating and the postmark franking on the stamp is smudged.
Can you discover how old the information is?
Postcard grading guide
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The earliest UK postcards were issued in These were plain, sold at a ½d each – with the stamp already embossed on the address side, leaving the other.
Hertfordshire Post Card History. The Divided back – Inland Postage only. Post Cards and other Pictures. Postcards In ambiguous Post Office regulations were issued which said ” This was originally interpreted as meaning that nothing could be written on the address side of a postcard. Frederick Hartmann was planning to market postcards and came up with the idea of the divided back.
It seems likely that he sent some specimen cards to the Postmaster General to see if they would be approved. In January the Editor of Picture Postcard Magazine published a statement, at the request of the Postmaster General, which said that ” Mr Hartmann soon had his cards, with their divided backs, on the market, and other card manufacturers rapidly followed. Initially this change did not apply to postcards sent overseas, and postcards printed at this time carry a suitable warning message.
The following examples show how different publishers initially interpreted the change.
Greetings from the Past: Identifying and dating postcards
Hertfordshire Post Card History. The Undivided back. Commercial firms could buy in bulk and print their own information on the blank side, but there were no picture post cards as we know them. This one was posted in Little Gaddesden, and went to France via Berkhamsted. In addition picture cards were becoming available which could be sent in envelopes, such as this “Kind Thoughts” card of St Albans Abbey from about The earliest picture postcards were therefore published with blank space on the picture side – so that a message could be written next to the picture.
The British Post Office adopted the idea the following year at the same time as the introduction of Postcards as a special class of inland mail were subsumed into the two-tier post system from 16th September Date, Rate, Min/max size.
It does not necessarily reflect the year when the image was taken. All rights reserved. PhotoGuide Japan is a trademark of Philbert Ono. Transmitting from Tokyo, Japan. About Vintage Postcards. Powered by Coppermine Photo Gallery. Early postcard history: Japan’s Postal Service was first established in March Japan’s first postcards, pictured above, were issued in December , a few years after the first postcards were issued in Europe.
Click to read more. In , a revision of the postal act allowed private-sector non-governmental postcards to be made and used. Picture postcards then became very popular and gave rise to a new postcard culture and a new era in postal history. The postcards featured a great variety of subjects: Scenics, women, geisha, war, disaster scenes especially earthquakes , Japanese customs, the Emperor, buildings, animals, etc.
How to Estimate the Age of a Vintage Postcard
Essentially the RPPC has a photograph on one side and a postcard back. From Inland British postal regulations permitted the writing of a message printed on the face or reverse of the card, can also help with dating.
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?
History of postcards
Deltiology, numismatics and philately are reportedly the three most popular interests in the field of collecting yawning yet? In just the first line of this article, I have managed to make it sound confusing, pretentious, and even strange. More precisely numismatics encompasses the collecting of coins, paper money, and medals. This article, however, will categorize landmarks or eras in American postcard production.
Plus it will provide useful methods for identifying and assigning a date of manufacture.
This Charro Quinceanera Save the Date Postcard is great to announce your quince. It features a colorful charro border and bright colors throughout.
During the Golden Age of postcards incredibly talented artists created enduring images, from realistic and adorable depictions of children to fantasy images such as fairies and gnomes. Schmucker, who was famous for his exquisite depictions in the Art Nouveau style. IOLA, Wis. This article will categorize landmarks or eras in American postcard production and useful methods for identifying and assigning a date of manufacture. This is a staggering statistic when you consider that the population of the United States during the same year was less than That averages out to just more than nine postcards a year mailed for every person in the country.
With hundreds of millions of postcards mailed each year during the Golden Age of Postcards , it is not surprising that antique postcards are so popular and still readily available to collectors. In identifying and dating postcards there are specific eras, defined by both style and dates; however, these dates do not account for the transition from one era to the next.
Real Photo , Art Nouveau, and Art Deco period postcards were produced in more than one of the classic postcard eras. Changes in style and production format overlap.