Dating postcards by stamps

dating postcards by stamps

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 can I tell how old a postcard is?

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.

Do vintage postcards have a date on them?

Ive purchased a few vintage postcards on eBay, and usually the seller states a date. My father has hundreds of postcards from all over the world, collected since he was a teenager. Hes a Ham Radio operator and the custom was to send a postcard after communicating with another Ham. I should make sure theyre all dated.

What is the date on a private mailing card?

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

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.

What is a private mailing card?

An Act of U.S. Congress on May 19, 1898 granted private printers permission to print and sell cards that bore the inscription “Private Mailing Card (“PMCs”). The required postage was a 1-cent adhesive stamp.

How much did a private mailing card cost 1898?

PRIVATE MAILING CARD PERIOD: 1898-1901 On May 19, 1898, Congress passed an act allowing private printing companies to produce postcards with the statement “Private Mailing Card, Authorized by Act of Congress of May 19, 1898.” Private mailing cards now cost the same amount of money to mail as government-produced postcards: 1¢.

When did the first mail card come out?

This period ended July 1, 1898. An Act of U.S. Congress on May 19, 1898 granted private printers permission to print and sell cards that bore the inscription “Private Mailing Card (“PMCs”). The required postage was a 1-cent adhesive stamp.

When did postcards become legal in the US?

PIONEER PERIOD: 1870-1898. By law, the government postcards were the only postcards allowed to bear the term “Postal Card.” Private publishers were still allowed to print postcards, but they were more expensive to mail than the government-produced cards (2¢ instead of 1¢).

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