Genealogy: Approximate dating of post cards with no date is present

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