Postcard dating guide
On December 24, 1901, permission was given for use of the wording "Post Card" to be imprinted on the backs of privately printed cards.All cards during this era had undivided backs of privately printed cards.The golden age ended as imports from Germany ceased and publishers in the U. These are easily distinguished by the white border around the pictured area.Improvements in America printing technology brought improved card quality. Research has already been done by earlier historians and guidelines have been put into place. Mashburn (Colonial House) The dating of the postcard for years or eras of issue can be accurately determined if the card is studied for identity points.
The following helps determine the era of the card in question.
All cards during this era had undivided backs and only the address was to appear on the back.
The message, therefore, had to be written on the front (picture side) of the card.
Publishers began using a linen-like paper containing a high rag content but used very cheap inks in most instances.
Until recently, collectors considered these cards very cheap.