Dating postcards postage
There are of course inherent problems with this method as postcards were sometimes mailed decades after publication.Another problem is that most postcards were published when the rate remained steady at one cent.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.Cards previous to that had to have the Private Mailing Card Statement. There was often a statement that said "this side for address only." The postal service started allowing the use of divided back postcards in March of 1907.
By knowing the relationship between postage rates and their dates of use, a time frame can be created for the issuance of a postcard.
½d 1900 - 1901 Blue-Green Quenn Victoria died on 22 January 1901 Great Britain was the first country to sanction the use of the divided back postcard in 1902. The divided back allowed for one side of the card to be used for both the address and a message seperated by a central line.
The other side could be a complete picture (or photograph) Prior to this (undivided back) cards were in use which allowed for address only on one side and a brief greeting on the picture side.
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.