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The first commercial postcards produced in the U. These were the first privately printed souvenir postcards in the country. The words "Post Card" were not printed on postcards until December 24, Cards previous to that had to have the Private Mailing Card Statement. So, if your card is marked "Private Mailing Card," is dates from - A divided back postcard example 3 has a line down the middle, or some other indication that one half of the back is for the address and the other half is for a message.

Early postcards had an undivided back example 2. The back of the postcard was for the address only. There was often a statement that said "this side for address only. If your postcard has an undivided back, it is from or earlier. Many early postcards were printed in Germany. The German cards were of exceptional quality and are some of the best examples of old postcards available. If your early postcard says it was printed in Germany, it is from before The White Border era dates from to The white border was introduced by the U.

Postcards from to were printed on a linen texture paper. They also used brightly colored inks. Borders are not uncommon. Photochrome postcards have been produced from to present. Colored borders, partial borders and scalloped edges can be found. Real photo postcards are actual photographs printed on postcard paper. The vintage ones are black and white photography. There may be some indication on the back of the card about the type of photo paper used - this is often indicated by the stamp box, which will be visible if your postcard is unused.

The postage stamp can help you figure out an approximate age of your postcard. There may be an exact amount of how much postage required to mail the postcard printed on the back of the postcard in the stamp box. The chart below shows the postcard postage rates and may be helpful in determining the age of your card.


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