Vintage photo postcard dating
The only way to really find the age of a postcard is to compare the back of the postcard to the known facts of postcard history and the front of a picture postcard to the history of its subject.American vintage postcard history can be illustrated by some age dating techniques and other facts about the publishing of postcards during the early 1900s in the United States.The words "Post Card" were not printed on postcards until December 24, 1901.Cards previous to that had to have the Private Mailing Card Statement. There was often a statement that said "this side for address only." The postal service started allowing the use of divided back postcards in March of 1907.1898-1901 The Private Mailing Card These were the first cards authorized by Congress to be privately printed, yet mailed at the same one-cent rate as the government post-office postal cards.
Some people include postal cards that have printed pictures or text added to them in this category, though properly speaking postal cards (cards issued by the Post Office) are not considered Post Cards.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.Stamp boxes are the small rectangular boxes printed on the back of some postcards, where the stamp is to be stuck.
On 'real photo' post cards, codes in the stamp boxes can be helpful in dating the card.
This was suitable for making contact prints, rather than enlargements for which the source of light would be much weaker.