I have been fortunate to come across several postcard collections of my ancestors. I have scanned both the front and back of the cards as part of preservation and an easy way to study them. The following is an example of fields used in cataloging the post cards. Continue reading
By Barry J. Ewell
Postcards went through many phases when particular design features were popular, so even if a postcard is not dated or was never mailed, it is still possible to determine an approximate time when it was printed.
Private Mailing Cards Period, 1898 – 1901:
- During the Private Mailing Card era, messages were not allowed on the back of the cards, so a small space was left on the front, for notes from the sender.
- The sender had to purchase a 1¢ stamp for the Private Mailing Card. Continue reading