Sometimes cards were printed as souvenirs of special event, they still are of course, so that's another way of dating the manufacture. This involved printing on textured paper which gave the cards a texture like linen. To experience the rich colors of dyes light must be able to pass through them to excite their electrons. Early postcards often showcased photography of nude women. Harry James Potter Get started on today:. Pick out that particular day or event that fascinated you the most and describe it well enough.
Postage is a real cost. In 1908, more than 677 million postcards were mailed. For example, a card printed on linen was most likely produced between 1930 and 1945. Childs 361 Unknown Dates C. Currently a full-time student, she is finishing an associate degree in preparation to major in international studies and receive a minor in Mandarin Chinese through Portland State University.
Bas Relief Postcards with a heavily raised surface, giving a papier-mâché appearance. Writing was still not permitted on the address side. These were illustrations on government printed postal cards and privately printed souvenir cards. Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City. A photograph was taken and developed.
Postcard collecting was not a popular hobby during this period and few people kept postcard albums. As new, unposted and in a pristine state, without bends, creases, writing or postmarks. You should at least paint a picture of the weather conditions to your recipient so that they can feel they are close to you. A postcard, at a weight of 3 grams, is well within the lowest postal rate, be it a half or a full ounce. If you cannot find a date, either consult a postcard encyclopedia or, if the artwork is classic of a certain time period, research artists or card makers to see if you can identify its year. Postcard with an unusual divided back showing logging in Vancouver, Canada.
This lightweight simple camera was preloaded with a 100 exposure film. Click on the thumbnails for larger images. In order to make your postcard special, you should ensure that your card is addressed properly so you can avoid any mishaps. Check with your local post office for specific postcard requirements. When World War I ended at the end of 1918, the rate was lowered to its prewar level of one cent.
The easiest way to distinguish a real photo postcard is to look at it under a magnifying glass; it will show smooth transitions from one tone to another. Archival quality materials generally have very little if any odor. They provide a quality black and white photographic record of history in the making and they can usually be enlarged somewhat without losing image quality. Foreign cards: The average British collection contains very few foreign cards. How to Grade the Condition of Postcards As you would expect, the condition of an old or antique postcard is an extremely important factor in relation to its worth - just as it is with old coins and stamps. Covington, in Postcard Collector, July 1986, pages 26-28.
With over 300,000 copies were sold to visitors, this postcard helped popularise the illustrated souvenir postcard and secure the postcard format 1889 postcard of the Eiffel Tower Because only the address was allowed on the back of the postcard, messages were written on the same side as the picture. A special thanks also to Alan Brushaber and Diane Loukanis all others who have helped in the distribution and organization of the Roster. Due to the inexpensive production and bright realistic images they became popular. Deltiology, the hobby of collecting vintage postcards, is one of the fastest-growing collectibles hobbies. Privately produced postcards, also known as private mailing cards, did not need to adhere to the government restrictions. Postal cards are often found at postcard dealer's tables under the heading of Postals. Topographical cards fall into two broad categories: Real photographic postcards: Printed direct from the negative and, in the 'Golden Age' of postcard production from 1902 to 1918, these cards were often produced in very limited numbers by local photographers.
Photochromes are not real photos but rather, lithographed cards done by a photochrome process. Thus began the Golden Age of American postcards, which peaked in 1910 with the introduction of tariffs on German-printed postcards, and ended by 1915, when ultimately disrupted the printing and import of the fine -printed cards. Reply cards were intended for the sender to pay the postage of the person replying. Although first introduced in 1931, their growing popularity was interrupted by the outbreak of war. The easiest way is to look at the card under slight magnification.