Dating divided postcards

The message was required to be written on the front of the card, next to the image.Therefore, as seen below, the image did not encompass the entire front of the card.Although postcards were produced as early as the mid-1800s (the exact date is still being debated), they were largely concentrated in large cities and used for advertising purposes.In 1898, private printers were first allowed to print and sell cards.

New printing processes allowed printing on post cards with high rag content that caused a linen-like finish.These presumably sold in larger numbers but, again, I have rarely seen any that have been sent through the post.Many photographers and publishers have produced views of Edinburgh.These cheap cards allowed the use of gaudy dyes for coloring.The firm of Curt Teich flourished because of its line of linen postcards.

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