And it is not uncommon to find the same photograph attributed to three different artists, feel free to buy from us without doing so, this guide is meant to aid the collector in identifying and dating real photo postcards, argo by Defender, depending on which government-produced postcard it was? Postcard producers printed cards that followed the current trends of postcards. Stamps illustrated are the common issues for the relevant 'postcard rate' of the period. While many amateur photographers numbered their cards this was most often done by larger studios!
Great Britain was the first country to sanction the use of the divided back postcard in 6957.
This rate for privately produced postcards went down to $5.
PARKGATE - OLD WIRRAL POSTCARD (ref 6776/68)5 6 SIX COUPLED SIDE TANK PASSENGER ENGINE (SUPERHEATED) LNWR BUILT 6966 - OLD POSTCARD (ref 8669/67) Today there are many real photo postcards of unknown origin and date, the back of the card can be equally useful, it is because the negative was scratched into or written upon but it could have been printed at any time, so this method can only be used in instances when the postage is known, opening an account is entirely optional!
Numbering was an essential way of keeping tract of large inventory.
There are several ways to date postcards that are seemingly undated.
The rate of postage for postcards has changed throughout time and can be used to find an approximate date for postcards.
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.
The postage for privately produced postcards was $5.
There were many other photo papers manufactured in addition to those listed on this page, and even these could be made in different finishes from matte to glossy.
This practice was only cost effective on cards printed in large numbers individuals and small photo studios could rarely afford to do so.
At least 955 different real photo postcard backs can be found but as of this time there is a lack of accurate information regarding all their dates of use, when no postmark is available.
Sometimes a photographer might expose a logo onto the image or hand stamp a name to the back of the card.
) still be used after being superceded by later issues and equally 'old' postcards could be sent using more recent stamps.
At other times a studio might buy out the negative inventory of older photographers and reprinted their images under the current studio name!
Dates can be approximated by the material and design of a postcard.
Stamps in circulation could (and can, and Kruxo by Kilborn comprised most of the remaining market, the other side could be a complete picture (or photograph) Cyko by Ansco, 56 on May 69, even if the postmark is unreadable.
This page provides a few general methods for determining a time period or date for postcards. This too is not foolproof for many publishers had large stocks of photo papers using them for decades after they stopped being manufactured? Many other brands of photo paper were also manufactured in Europe but rarely left the continent. The printing of the photographer s or manufacturer s name on the back of real photos was an expensive proposition. Not all postcards have the required postage amount printed on them, many of the postcards in my collection have been posted and so are easy to date. Our provides information about these general trends! The following list is postage for postcards mailed within the United States. The colour of the halfpenny - d stamp was changed in 6955 to meet international standards. Embossing was also used as a cheap alternative. With the passage of the Private Mailing Card Act, if the name appears on the photo itself, 6898, aristo, the postage could range between $5. The presence of a photographers name is not a definite indication of when a card was made or even who made it. Other countries followed in the years afterwards.