Postcard dating guide

postcard dating guide

How do you date a postcard?

You can also date postcards by whether they are white border, linen, chrome etc. or for real photo (rppc) by the info on the stamp box. Lucky you for having a pc from the 1870s!

How old are your postcards?

The earliest cards date from the mid-19th century and have a very well-documented history. But for any individual card, there can be some doubt about its exact age. Many people prefer to collect unused postcards which have never been posted.

Can postmark postcards have a date on them?

Postmark Postcards that have been posted may have a legible postmark. However, this date may not be the same as the date the photograph was taken.

Can you tell if a photo postcard is real?

This guide is meant to aid the collector in identifying and dating real photo postcards, and to act as a reminder that it is impossible to do so with great accuracy. A lthough real photo postcards were made in a variety of ways, they hold one identifiable feature in common.

How do you write the date on a postcard?

Write the date. Always add the date that you’re sending the postcard in the top right hand corner of the left side of the card. If you’re sending the postcards as holiday cards, you can write in your message when the original photo was taken so recipients know that the photo is from a prior trip.

How do you address a postcard?

Since the front of your postcard will have a photo, always refer to the back side of a post card to address your post card. Flip your post card photo side down to get started. Write the recipient’s address on the right hand side of the postcard. The back of a postcard is split into two sections,...

When was the first postcard printed?

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. So, if your card is marked Private Mailing Card, is dates from 1893 - 1901. Is the address side divided?

How can I tell how old a photo postcard is?

And there is usually some indication on the back of the card of what type of photo paper was used - this is often indicated by the stamp box, which will be visible if your postcard has not been mailed. See Playles guide to real photo postcard stamp box markingto help identify real photo postcard ages.

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