These cheap cards allowed the use of gaudy dyes for coloring.The firm of Curt Teich flourished because of its line of linen postcards.
Much of the contents of these guidelines were excerpted with permission from the Beginners Guide to the Hobby of Postcard Collecting, The Capital of Texas Postcard Club.
Thanks also to Chuck Harbert; and to Nina Webber, whose donated postcards are used for the examples on this page.
Many important events and scenes in history are documented only by these cards.
Chrome postcards began to dominate the scene soon after the Union Oil Company placed them in its western service stations in 1939.
Compiled by Todd Ellison, Certified Archivist (last revised 8/7/2006)Although the world's first picture postcards date from the 1860s to the mid-1870s, most of the earliest American picture postcards extant today are those that were sold at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, starting on May 1, 1893. At this time, a dozen or more American printers began to take postcards seriously.
These were illustrations on government-printed postal cards and on privately printed souvenir cards. Congress on May 19, 1898 granted private printers permission to print and sell cards that bore the inscription Private Mailing Card. Still, no message was permitted on the address side. postal regulations on December 24, 1901 stipulated that the words Post Card should be printed at the top of the address side of privately printed cards.
Godine, 1981) and "Dating Post-1920 Real Photo Postcards," by Ernest G.
Covington, in Postcard Collector, July 1986, pages 26-28.
The government postal cards included a printed 1-cent stamp; the privately printed souvenir cards required a 2-cent adhesive postage stamp to be attached. The term Post Card was not widely used until the early 1900s (it was later contracted to "postcard" as a word-counting cost-saving measure). Government-issued cards were to be designated as Postal Cards (Staff, p. Writing was still not permitted on the address side.