Dating photo postcards

dating photo postcards

How can you tell the difference between a photo and postcard?

The best way to tell the difference is to look at the Postcard with a magnifying glass. If the photo is printed, you will see that it is made up of a lot of little dots, the same as a photo printed in a newspaper. A Real Photo Postcard is solid, no dots.

What is the best way to date a postcard?

* There’s no better dating of a postcard if it’s postmarked with the date. That counts as official government dating. * Silvering in the image as sign of old age. Silvering is when it appears as if the silver has come to surface of the image.

How can I tell how old a photo postcard is?

Most Real Photo Postcards, abbreviated RPPC, have information on their backs to help in identifying the manufacturer of the photographic paper that was used by the postcard publisher. If you can identify the paper manufacturer, you can approximate the age of the old postcard. If the postcard has a stamp box, click on one of stamp box links below.

When were photo postcards invented?

In the United States real photo postcards originated in 1901. The American design of postcards was regulated by United States law and can be dated in general by the text and designs. Below is a brief description of the vintage designs.

What is a real photo postcard?

Real Photo Postcards are photographs that are reproduced by actually developing them onto photographic paper the size and weight of Postcards, with a Postcard back. There are many Postcards that reproduce photos by various printing methods that are NOT real photos...the same methods used when reproducing photos in magazines and newspapers.

What is the difference between a letter and a postcard?

In some places, one can send a postcard for a lower fee than for a letter. Stamp collectors distinguish between postcards (which require a stamp) and postal cards (which have the postage pre-printed on them).

How can I tell how old a photo postcard is?

Most Real Photo Postcards, abbreviated RPPC, have information on their backs to help in identifying the manufacturer of the photographic paper that was used by the postcard publisher. If you can identify the paper manufacturer, you can approximate the age of the old postcard. If the postcard has a stamp box, click on one of stamp box links below.

How do you design a postcard for a wedding?

Design your postcard by adding your photo to one side, and any text or images you’d like to add to the back side. Print the postcard on card stock (you can use glossy photo printing paper if you’d like a photo-like finish on your postcard). Cut the card stock to 4×6 in.

Where did picture postcards come from?

The first images on these picture postcards were of the Interstate Industrial Exposition of Chicago. Later that same year, pre-stamped postcards, called “penny postcards” were introduced to the market by U.S. Post Master John Creswell.

What is a postcard camera?

The postcard camera could take a picture and then print a postcard-size negative of the picture, complete with a divided back and place for postage. Throughout early postcard history, German printers dominated the market in postcard printing.

When were photochrom postcards invented?

These were later replaced by linen postcards in the 1930s and 1940s, which used a printing process popularized by Curt Teich. Finally, the modern era of Photochrom (often shortened simply to chrome) postcards began in 1939, and gained momentum around 1950.

Why were picture postcards so popular during WW1?

The picture postcards produced at the time reflected this. The golden period of silk postcards was at its zenith during World War One, with thousands sent home from the trenches. They were also a widely used propaganda tool during this period. Postcards provided the women’s suffrage movement with a perfect campaigning tool.

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