Dating old photo postcards

Real photo postcards are actual photographs printed on postcard paper. There may be some indication on the back of the card about the type of photo paper used - this is often indicated by the stamp box, which will be visible if your postcard is unused. The postage stamp can help you figure out an approximate age of your postcard.

There may be an exact amount of how much postage required to mail the postcard printed on the back of the postcard in the stamp box.

However, there are many postcards that were never mailed or that a part of the post mark is illegible or soiled.

Here are some general guidelines to help determine the age range of your post card.

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Does the postcard back indicated that it was printed in Germany? The German cards were of exceptional quality and are some of the best examples of old postcards available. Does the postcard have a shiny finish on the front, with a color photographic image?

However, World War I shut down the German printing presses and cards started being printed in the United States or imported from Great Britain. Photochrome postcards have been produced from 1945 to present.

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.

Postcard producers printed cards that followed the current trends of postcards.

Dates can be approximated by the material and design of a postcard.

Do you have an old postcard and curious about its age?

If the postcard is used, the most check the date on the postmark.

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