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1873 was the first year for the postcard in the United States. The first one was made to advertise the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Soon after that the Post Office came out with its first postcards that cost 1 cent to mail. These were called "Penny Postcards."
Postcards usually have a picture on one side and a place for writing a short message on the other. These postcards became very popular, as people were able to mail pictures of their vacation spots to their friends. They became souvenir items really fast. In 1908 there were over 677 million postcards mailed.
In 1901 postcards came with the word "Post Card" printed on the back and this is where the address was written. Messages had to be on the front. Then in 1907 the divided back postcard came out. The picture was on the front while
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the address and message was on the back. The address space was on the left and the message on the right.
World War I slowed down postcard sales when the sale of nice printed cards from Germany stopped.
At first the Post Office was the only one that could make and sell postcards. But then the US Congress passed the Private Mailing Card Act, which allowed private businesses to print their own cards.
During 1916 to 1930 most postcards had a white border around them. Then from 1931 to the 1950's many postcards had textured surfaces that felt like cloth. These are all collator's items and are highly sought after. Now post cards are in the "Chrome" era. This is the postcard we are most familiar with a colored picture from a photograph and have a glossy look.
Another postcard that is popular with collectors is the PHQ card, which have a stamp and a "first day is issue" postmark on them. On this page you will find many antique and collectible for Sale. Including vintage Christmas, Valentines and San Francisco.
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A Tall Tale
I was visiting my grandmother one day and volunteered to get her mail for her. The driveway was long and probably was about 1/8 of a mile. As I removed the mail from the box I noticed a post card. Being nosy I looked it over as I slowly returned to her home. It was from a man named Bert. I slowly turned it over reading it carefully. My dad's Uncle Bert has died years ago. Coming into the house I gave the mail to my grandmother saving the card for last. Handing it to her I waited to see what she would say. She looked at it in astonishment. It was from her brother who had died more than 30 years ago.
The card came from him when he was across the country checking out a job possibility. The message on it was simple and along the lines of saying that he was having fun seeing a new area and wishing she could have been there too. It closed with a promise of seeing her in a few days. Uncle Bert was unmarried and lived in a cabin across the creek from my grandmother. My grandmother cherished the old postcard and saw it as a gift from the past.
Collecting vintage things has really become popular. I have a friend who is surrounded by old buildings and she finds a lot of vintage items that are really valuable. She doesn't have to go far before finding something that she can either sell or make a page about or do both. One of her pages is called something like, "Old Rusty Junk" and people love to see what she is showing. There are many items from old tractor seats to oil lamps.
Fun for everyone.
Dear Vintage Postcard Fans,
I am writing to you in behalf of your Heavenly Father. He is seeking you like a lost sheep. You remember the Bible story? It is about a shepherd who has 100 sheep. But when he brings the sheep home one night, one is missing. He then leaves the 99 sheep and goes out into the wilderness until he finds that lost sheep.
In this parable the shepherd goes out to search for the one lost sheep-the very least that can be numbered. So if there had been but one lost soul, Christ would have died for that one. To read more click Lost Sheep