Dating postcards postage

1869, 1 October: the first postcard, a pre-printed correspondence card, was sent through the public postal service in Austria.

The card had the address on one side and a message on the other, but no picture.

I am indebted to Peter Stubbs for much of the information below (extracted from Peter's site and his permission for allowing me to use this on the Harberton website.

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If this is unreadable, the STAMP (if any) indicates the approximate year. Most of this info was gleaned from two excellent web pages, which are on: PC stamps PC history

FORMAT 1870 First (plain) PC 1894 First (picture) PC 1895 Court Card 4" x 3" 1899 Standard size, message on front 1902 Divided backs, message on back 1926 Maximum & minimum sizes fixed STAMPS 1890-1900 Victoria, d, vermillion 1900-1901 Victoria, d, blue-green 1902-1904 Edward VII, d, blue-green 1904-1910 Edward VII, d, yellow-green 1911-1912 George V, d, green ( head) 1912-1918 George V, d, green 1918-1921 George V, 1d, red 1921-1922 George V, 1d, red 1922-1934 George V, 1d, red 1934-1936 George V, 1d, red I am indebted to Peter Stubbs for the above information (extracted from Peter's site and his permission for allowing me to use this on the Harberton website.

It must be remembered that many years, even decades may pass between the taking of a photograph, when it was published on a postcard, and when the postcard was posted.

Further, from time to time, reproductions of old pictures or photographs are repeated some decades later.

If the photo is printed, you will see that it is made up of a lot of little dots, the same as a photo printed in a newspaper.

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But the correspondent did not date their message and the postmark franking on the stamp is smudged. To help make some sense of being able to date old postcards, first we give a short general history of postcards.

This is be followed by more detailed listings for some countries - Great Britain, the United States of America and France.

A standardised postage was paid for by the sender, who purchased a stamp to attach to the letter, rather than the receiver. The stamp showed a side portrait of Queen Victoria at age 15.

(The first French postage stamp was issued on 1 January 1849.) This section is a train-spotter’s delight of lists of dates and accompanying postage rates.

There is some confusion on what Real Photo Postcards (RPPC) are, and how to differentiate from a printed postcard.

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