How to Estimate the Age of a Postcard

Updated on January 20, 2018
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I have been collecting postcards all my life as my father did before me. I now have many thousands of them, both vintage and modern.

Postcard collecting can be a fascinating hobby as I have found out over the years. 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. As a result you can't use the postmark as a guide in estimating the card's age. Even so, all collectors are curious to know how old their postcards are, because their age has some bearing on their value.

Even when there is a postmark, it may be blurred or someone may have lost it in the depths of a drawer for years before sending it through the post. As a result, we have to find our clues from the card itself.

The story for each country varies so I will have to generalise to some extent.

All the images are scans of postcards in my own collection.

French postcard dating from 1875
French postcard dating from 1875 | Source

This is the oldest card in my possession. The address side gives the date the card was manufactured, September 1875, along with instructions that ONLY the address was to appear on this side of the card, with further instructions on how to write the address accurately.

The Message on My Oldest Postcard - Dated 1877

An undivided back postcard 1877
An undivided back postcard 1877 | Source

The first postcards were not allowed to have any form of picture. The address was on one side and a message could be written on the reverse. This card, old and battered though it is, is clearly dated 1877.

The message, translated from French, reads: "Please be so kind as to send me your current prices for champagne: and to tell me if you have wines with the label champagne." As an aside, this message never fails to bring a smile to my face. Clearly the fact that the label carried the word "champagne" was of great importance.

By this date, 1877, the USA was already allowing picture postcards but Great Britain waited until 1894 before pictures were permissible.

The First Picture Postcards

These first picture postcards still had the address alone on one side. If you wanted to write a message it had to be crammed in alongside the picture, around it and sometimes over it.

Very often manufacturers of the cards allowed quite a lot of white space for this message because the back was given over entirely for the address. These were called "undivided back" postcards because there was no dividing line to the side of the address. No messages allowed on this side!

Postcard dated 1904
Postcard dated 1904 | Source

Postcards With Divided Backs

An early divided back card approximately 1902
An early divided back card approximately 1902 | Source

Gradually countries started to allow the message to be written on the same side as the address. The Royal Mail in Great Britain was the first to do this in 1902. As you can see from this scan, the instructions were not to write a message in this space apart from a card being sent within the British Isles.

Because some countries still insisted on the back for the address alone, space continued to be left for a message alongside the picture.

These early divided backs gave priority to the address so that the address took up two thirds of the space and the message being confined to one third. The size allowed for the message grew larger over the years and nowadays you often find the proportions reversed on some modern cards.

A Later Divided-Back Postcard

A later divided back postcard from 1907
A later divided back postcard from 1907 | Source

As time went on and more countries allowed both address and message to appear together on the same side of the card, it led to some interesting instructions appearing.

The USA allowed divided backs from 1 March 1907 and Japan from 28 March 1907, so this particular card's manufacture can be very neatly dated because it states "This space can now be used for communication to all countries except Japan and Spain". Other cards have restrictions for Japan, Greece, Turkey.

Later Progress

Early divided back card from Monaco
Early divided back card from Monaco | Source

At first manufacturers continued to leave space for a message with the picture, as in the card above, then later extended the image over the whole card.

The instructions for whether or not to include a message with the address were steadily replaced by details about the picture itself.

The divided back (or lack of it) is one of the most obvious dating methods for early vintage cards but later on the style of the card becomes more important:

  • the printing method and paper type
  • whether or not the card has a white border
  • deckle edged or not

You can also look at the fashion styles worn by men and women, the cars on roads. Sometimes cards were printed as souvenirs of special event, they still are of course, so that's another way of dating the manufacture. Yet another way, for cards that have been through the mail, is the value of stamps used. If you have the postage rates you can work out when it was mailed.

It is really quite a fascinating subject, when you get into it, as is all postal history.

Printing Method and Paper Type

In 1889, a publisher in Austria became the first to produce a coloured postcard. They used a method called chomolithography. This remained the main type of coloured postcard until the start of the 20th century.

By the 1920s, a new method of printing became more widely used. This involved printing on textured paper which gave the cards a texture like linen. Publishers developed the process so that the inks would dry more quickly.

These cards became very widespread during the 1930s and continued in production until the 1950s.

White Borders

Although many postcards have white borders, even modern ones, people generally mean the cards published between 1915 and 1930 approximately.

The reason for the border in those years was because of the printing process. When the printing presses produced sheets of cards, the different colours would bleed, or leak, into each other along the edges. The border separated out the cards making.

There is a school of thought that the white borders were introduced to reduce the amount of ink needed, but this would be a minimal saving.

Deckle Edge

Deckled edges are an effect which was popular in the 1950s and 60s and sometimes beyond.

The edges of the card are irregular and uneven to mimic hand made paper. Paper, even commercial, has uneven edges where the pulp meets the side of the mould, but it is usually removed.

A deckle edge card postmarked 1963
A deckle edge card postmarked 1963 | Source

Fashion

It would be close to impossible for me to address the subject of changing fashion styles here. However, the Victoria and Albert Museum has some great illustrated pages covering the periods "History of Fashion 1840 - 1900" and "History of Fashion 1900 - 1970", splitting it up into decades.

Postal Rates for the USA, Great Britain, and France

The following tables show the postage rates for postcards from the pre-1900s until approximately the mid-1900s. I will add other countries in time but it isn't an easy task to find out. They are useful however because they do at least tell you when your postcard was posted (not, you'll note, when the card was purchased).

USA Postal Rates for Postcards - from pre-1917 to 1963

Date
Rate
Notes
Pre-1917
2 cents
 
Nov 1917
3 cents
war years
July 1919
2 cents
 
July 1928
1 cent
 
July 1952
2 cents
 
Aug 1958
3 cents
 
Jan 1963
4 cents
 
USA Postal Rates 1917 to 1963

Using this chart can help estimate the age of a postcard sent in the USA. Of course you need to bear in mind that someone can keep a card for years before sending it, but it is a help.

UK Postcard Rates - from before 1900 to 1968

Date
Rate
Notes
Up to 1900
1/2 d
Queen Victoria red
1900 - 1901
1/2 d
Queen Victoria green
1902 - 1910
1/2 d
Edward VII green
1910 - 1918
1/2 d
George V green
1919 - 1921
1 d
George V red
1921 - 1922
1 1/2 d
George V brown
1922 - 1936
1 d
George V red
1936
1 d
Edward VIII
1936 - 1940
1 d
George VI red
1940 - 1941
2 d
George VI orange
1950 - 1952
2 d
George VI brown
1957 - 1965
2 1/2 d
Elizabeth II
1965 - 1968
3 d
Elizabeth II
No further special postcard rate
 
 

Again, these rates of postage are only a guidance. If the card has been lying around waiting to be sent, it may be a lot older than the stamp would indicate.

In 1921-1922, when the rate was increased, there was such an uproar that it was reduced again. A similar protest recently has introduced a special postcard rate for overseas addresses when the letter rate rose considerably.

Postcard Postal Rates for France

Date
Max 5 words
More than 5 words
Notes
1878
0.15
 
as letters
1901
0.05
 
illustrated postcards
1920
0.10
0.20
 
1926
0.15
0.25
 
1932
0.20
 
 
1937
0.30
0.55
 
1939
0.40
0.80
 
1942
0.60
1.20
 
1945
1.50
2.50
 
1947
3.00
4.00
 
1947 (July)
3.00
5.00
 
1948
5.00
8.00
 
1949
8.00
12.00
 
1957
12.00
15.00
 
1960
0.15
0.20
Jan 1960 franc revalued
1964
0.20
0.25
 
1969
0.25
 
local
1969
0.30
 
all France
1971
0.50
 
letter rate
Postal rates for postcards in France 1878 - 1971

Other Methods of Fixing a Date

Some of these methods can be fairly exact, others are only an indication.

  • models of cars, trams, trains, other transportation
  • costume, probably particularly women's fashion since men's tend not to change so radically
  • buildings which appear in some cards ie recently built, or have been demolished

Vintage Postcards on eBay

There are always vintage postcards available on eBay at reasonable prices, though I have to say that there are fewer bargains than there used to be.

Do study the images, and read the description carefully, both for what is said and, more particularly, what is not said regarding condition. Watch out, too, for reproductions.

In Conclusion

I hope that this has given you some guidance as far as what you should be looking for in order to decide on how old a postcard is. In summary, you should be looking at the format and layout of the card, the features in the picture itself, the postmark and postage stamp if they are available.

Questions & Answers

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        SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

        @KateFeredayEshete: Yes, sometimes people do mention current affairs and that's so very interesting. Unfortunately most seem to be very mundane. I even have one asking someone to ask the milkman to leave a bottle of milk. Which, now that I come to think of it, will be interesting to anyone who grew up after milk deliveries became a thing of the past.

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        Kate Fereday Eshete 4 years ago from Ethiopia

        Even if there's no date written and no postmark, what the postcard sender writes about could help to pinpoint the approximate date, if they mention a historical event. Thanks for a very interesting lens. I feel I've learnt a lot about vintage postcards and this will help me when I have any.

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        Marja79 4 years ago

        Oh pretty postcards! I realized I have some really old ones as well. When I was a kid I remember that my grandma used to show me old postcards and when she died I got them all. I know those cards must be in the same boxes with pictures, I must find them! Great lens!

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        Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

        Old post cards are so fun. I have lots of post cards from China, but I haven't sent them out - we just collected them. Thanks for all your information!

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        Rose Jones 4 years ago

        I think you pretty real have it covered. Thanks for this - wonderful. I love postcards.

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        Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

        Another lens written with some very interesting information about vintage postcards. I couldn't believe the prices at a penny to send a postcard. However, I can remember times when sending a postcard cost three cents. If I remember correctly, I think I should have a couple of them I've kept. Thank You for sharing this lens as I enjoyed reading about the vintage postcards. Congratulations SheilaMilne for this lens receiving a Purple Star Award as this lens is well deserving of it. Have a Great Day! (^_-)

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        lesliesinclair 5 years ago

        Postcards are so evocative of nostalgia from childhood and postage in the pennies. Sure enjoyed learning about your means of dating these oldies.

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        norma-holt 5 years ago

        A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        No...I think you've got it covered! Lovely lens - I love old postcards and wish I had kept the ones I used to have.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Nop, but I liked your lens.

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        Annbulance2000 5 years ago

        I have quite a few postcards I am going to check them out for age. Interesting lense. Thanks for your blessing and squidlike.

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        Hannah Writes 5 years ago

        My husband just uncovered a large envelope of postcards that belonged to my grandmother. This lens will help us date them!

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        norma-holt 5 years ago

        Interesting topic. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses-2. Congrats and hugs.

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        anne mohanraj 5 years ago

        Very interesting!

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        TimuM 5 years ago

        Very informative posting. Thanks

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        kayla_harris 5 years ago

        Very useful Lens about postcards! And the photos are very beautiful!

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        VeseliDan 5 years ago

        These old postcards look really beautiful. I usually stamp my postcards and in that way they ate dated too. *blessed*

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        nicks44 5 years ago

        You are moving around a little piece of history whenever you touch any of these cards ... Just simply amazing!

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        pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

        Great lens. I think if it's a used postcard, one could possibly use the stamp to date it. Thanks for sharing!

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        KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

        I've 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. He's a Ham Radio operator and the custom was to send a postcard after communicating with another Ham. I should make sure they're all dated.

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        andrew69 5 years ago

        Lot of history here.. Great lens

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        Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

        great info! 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! My earliest is 1902.

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        Cecil Kenmill 5 years ago from Osaka, Japan

        Great lens with amazing images. I collect postcards but it's nothing like this. Thanks for sharing!

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        SpenceG 5 years ago

        I have some old postcards, though not vintage. They're @15 years old from Japan when my friends took a trip and I couldn't go. Just one of those things I keep with me.

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        Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

        I have some vintage valentine postcards. Love the old graphics and it is always special if they have a message and address with a cancellation date on them.

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        Celticep 5 years ago

        Fascinating info, will check some of my old cards for these details now. Thanks.

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        DebMartin 5 years ago

        I'm trying to learn more about old postcards as a have quite a few of them from the mid 1800's to the early 1900s. I'd like to sell them but don't yet know enough. Thanks for the help. d

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        Ashly Rain 5 years ago

        Nice LOTD. Keep up the good work.

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        Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

        Very nice lens. Congrats on getting LOTD award and for sharing how to date postcards. Bear hugs, Frankster

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        Trudi Buck 5 years ago

        I've got a draw full of old postcards my grandmother gave me. Always wondered how old they were. This will help out. Good lens.

        Regards

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        mhiweb 5 years ago

        nice collection...Congrats on LENS OF THE DAY!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        We used to get a lot but with the advent of the internet, we mainly just get emails with pictures on them now. Something else being lost with technology

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        Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        I dated a postcard once. I had to break up with it because the postage went up. ha! Blessed.

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        MrInfopreneur 5 years ago

        I know I have some old postcards somewhere. Have to dig them out.

        Thanks for the lens

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        Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

        Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!

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        Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

        I love vintage postcards. They are so interesting! It was good to learn about dating them today too. Thanks for posting this information.

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        itLisa 5 years ago

        It is incredible how there are so many things we don't know. And yet how many new things we find out about each day.

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        Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

        Yes - first I look for any date written by the sender (of course). My next 'check' is the postmark. Sometimes the postmark is clear enough for the year to be readable. A real plus when you can read the day, time & place posted too! Also, the fine print on antique postcards is priceless - not only do you find manufacturers names, printing details and so forth, often there is a copyright date for the image on the front of the card! At the least, this gives you a year when this image was first sold as a postcard. Even though the card in question might be a few years younger than the copyright date, at least you now know "This card can't be any earlier than... (the copyright date)." A final clue is to look at the design of the card (and any typography on the back) - postcards tend to follow fashions fairly closely, so when the rest of society is going through (eg) the "Art Deco craze" so too are postcards. A postcard with that particular 'look' is most certainly no older than the 'craze' it mirrors.

        As you can probably guess, I LOVE antique postcards and I LOVE your lens. Congratulations on being LOTD!

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        petekruze 5 years ago

        Cool lens. Some interesting ideas. Thank you

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        Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

        Interesting lens. We have a lot of old postcards belonging to a grandmother. It's interesting to see how places have changed over the years. Congratulations on LotD!!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Congrats on being the lens of the day!! That must be extremely exciting for you>

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        Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

        Congrats on LOTD. I love history so it is always good to learn something new.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        What a wonderful history of postcards and your examples are so clear, interesting that the original postcards couldn't have pictures. Congratulations on LotD honors!

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        eBid-Squid 5 years ago

        Fantastic

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        pawpaw911 5 years ago

        Very interesting history on postcards. I have a few, but not enough to call it a collection. I found this information very useful.

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        Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

        Thanks for the info. I have a number of Post Cards that have fallen to me over the years. Now I'll have to find them and inspect them in light of what I have learned on your Lens.

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        zigpop lm 5 years ago

        Congratulations on LOD!

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        MizzMary 5 years ago

        I have never heard of collecting vintage postcards before, and I am glad to learn about it here. Thanks for sharing.

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        zoogala 5 years ago

        Great lens

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        Deadicated LM 5 years ago

        Awesome lens on deltiology, I use to collect Ellen Clapsaddle Halloween postcards.

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        Margarita Boettcher 5 years ago from Morrison, Colorado

        I love your collection. I love this kind of intimate history. Great method. Congrats on LOD.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Fascinating subject. Congratulations on getting LoTD!

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        William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

        Well deserved LOD. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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        Kay 5 years ago

        I don't know about dating them but, wow, LOVE your postcards. That is awesome.

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        Deborah Swain 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

        wow! sheila - you made lens of the day! fantastic lens...from one deltiologist to another ;-)

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        getmoreinfo 5 years ago

        This is really great and informative, I love vintage postcards. I have featured you on my Vintage Fashion Postcards Posters and Prints lens.

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        Marlies Vaz Nunes 5 years ago from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

        What a nice lens! Very interesting information, too. Congratulations on your LoTD!

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        Rosaquid 5 years ago

        Interesting lens. Congratulations on LOTD!

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        happynutritionist 5 years ago

        This is so helpful, I'll be adding this to Collecting Buying and Selling Vintage Letters and Postcards...congrats on the LOTD...a great resource *blessed*

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        soaringsis 5 years ago

        Very interesting. Great lens. Congratulation on your LotD and purple star.

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        MoniqueDesigns 5 years ago

        Great lens, congrats on LOTD!

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        Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

        Really interesting lens. Congratulations on getting LOTD.

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        Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

        Very interesting. I have some post cards that were my grandmother's. They date from the late 1800's to about 1930. Interesing cards. Blessings!

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        WriterJanis2 5 years ago

        You have a very interesting collection.

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        PocketfulofParis 5 years ago

        Interesting! I collect letters from the world war 2 period

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        Delia 5 years ago

        Congratulations on LOTD! very informative lens...I like collecting postcards since childhood, but now stopped as I have too many...thanks for sharing!

        ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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        Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

        I would imagine the postmark would give the date of sending, not necessarily the date of production though?

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        cmadden 5 years ago

        Interesting; it would seem that writing postcards is becoming something of a lost art. Old fashioned texting. ;->

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        Jogalog 5 years ago

        This is really interesting and something I'd never thought about before - I'd never realised that postcards started off without pictures on them either.

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        Canvas-Art-Shop 5 years ago

        That is really interesting, what a great lens and thanks for this and congratulation for lens of the day!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Interesting! Great lens!

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        Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

        Great lens. I actually have two lenses that deal with specific types of postcards, RPPCs and Linens. Both of those give information about how to date those specific cards.

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        Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

        Cool lens, I'm sure i may have some in the box of the postcards my Grandmother collected. I've added this to my pen Pal introduction & Etiquette guide

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        acregmed 5 years ago

        NIce lens!

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        goldenchildngo 5 years ago

        It's interesting because now and days people seem to stop sending letters and start sending e-mails, text, & phone calls. I collect stamps & every one is different from the next, just like every postcard. I squid liked your lens! :)

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        jlshernandez 5 years ago

        Thanks for sharing such an interesting topic that I never even thought of.

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        Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

        Hmm. The title made me think this was a way to put a date on a postcard, and I thought "isn't that common sense?". Duh.

        Interesting article, and one I had never considered. Congrats on LotD!

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        GabStar 5 years ago

        What an interesting topic!, thanks for sharing x

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        kitsiu lm 5 years ago

        The last I sent a postcard was 6 years back. Sweet memory. Great lens.

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        patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

        Congratulations!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Thanks for the great lens! I didn't know about the evolution of postcard design before I read this!

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        msseiboi 5 years ago

        Congrates

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        gamercameo 5 years ago

        I like postcard that I can sent beautiful with hand writing.

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        MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

        Very interesting - love looking at old postcards and the wonderful old pictures they provide! ~~~blessed~~~

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        Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

        It's neat that you have postcards that are dated back so far. Congrats for making LOTD and a purple star.

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        JoshK47 5 years ago

        Very cool information - I can't say I have any of my own to add, though! Blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on LotD!

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        katiecolette 5 years ago

        I used to collect postcards when I was a kid. Great idea for a lens!

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        Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

        I don't know of other ways to date postcards. Collecting postcards is a great hobby, one I've considered. Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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        CharlieBoy3 5 years ago

        Nicely written and fully explained nicely done. My father collects postcards along with his stamps and has for many years has a lot of the cards you have or very similar. But of course he has been collecting since the 40's so he;s had a bit of time to get a good sized collection.

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        rivercityconcepts 5 years ago

        Methods of transportation such as cars, trucks, buses, planes and trains can also be used to help date old post cards if featured on them.

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        GilliansCloud 5 years ago

        Huh, very interesting. Thank you for sharing. Didn't know this stuff. Take care. :)

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        swathymenon 5 years ago

        thanks for sharing these valuable information..

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        writerkath 5 years ago

        This was a really fun lens for me! John & I buy and sell a lot of vintage stuff, and post cards are one of my favorite things to browse through when I'm at an antique shop or yard sale.

        We had a card of one of the sister ships to the Titanic - the Olympic - and we KNEW was pre-sinking of the Titanic, because on the face of the card it mentioned both ships. After the sinking, all postcards of the sister ship did not mention Titanic. THAT was a good sale! :)

        Anyway, I really learned something here today - valuable info that I'll tuck into my back pocket and pull out next time I'm looking at cards! Oh... CONGRATULATIONS on your LOTD and Purple Star as well! :) Hugs, Kath

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        Close2Art LM 5 years ago

        I have always loved the nostaglia of old postcards, great lens, angel blessed

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        Robin S 5 years ago from USA

        Congratulations, this terrific lens was chosen as LotD today. You can read about it at SquidooHQ: http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/how-to-date-a-postcard/

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        PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

        No I don't know how to date a postcard. But this might be an interesting way to ask the wife out on a date.

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        burntchestnut 5 years ago

        I love finding old post cards with messages written on them - a little bit of history. I've also seen portraits printed as postcards.

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        thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

        actually i also don't have much knowledge about the history of postcards. thanks for the lens.

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        John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

        I've found a lot of old family photos were printed postcard style. If you can identify who the person is, then you can estimate the age.

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        AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

        Very interesting - I collect Victorian trade cards myself.

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