Postcard dating guide
Later the descriptions become more verbose on the address side, but there is still usually a one or two line title on the picture side.With the introduction of Chromes the title is most often found only on the address side. The Tichnor number for this view is 104973, though I've not yet found any guide as to what date that might represent. Stampboxes also provide a clue to the age of a postcard, within broad limits.Until interested collectors take the time to construct guides to particular publishers, only the vaguest outline of trends can be given here.Early cards tend to have little text, just the title for the picture, usually on the picture side, and the name of the publisher on the address side.Got a Main Street, USA postcard that pictures late 30s cars and has a 1939 postmark? For the millions of postcards in existence that are not so easily age-defined, we consult the painstaking research of experts in the field. Included are those references we consult most often. Curt Teich Postcards Compliments of the Curt Teich Archives at the Lake County Museum ©1994, The Lake County Museum The first series of cards printed by the Teich company used numbers only and ranged from 1— 14989.Listed below is a portion of the knowledge base that exists to help in dating old postcards. The production dates were not recorded by the company at this time, but from copyright dates found on some of the cards, it has been determined that these cards were produced between 19.The next card series began with either "A" or "R"* and were numbered from 1—124180.
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Old postcard collections interest collectors of antiques, memorabilia and ephemera; collectables such as old vintage postcards are used by museums and historians to document what was.
Most Real Photo Postcards, abbreviated RPPC, have information on their backs to help in identifying the manufacturer of the photographic paper that was used by the postcard publisher.
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