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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.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.The use of 'Picture Postcards' was first sanctioned by the British Postal Authorities on 1st September 1894.Prior to this date - pre-printed plain cards were in use which are commonly referred to as 'Postal Stationery' The size of cards varied throughout this period. The 'Intermediate' size of 5 x 3 inches (approx) was followed by the adopted standard sized card 5½ x 3½ inches which was in common use from 1900 until the 1960's The postage rate for postcards was a halfpenny - ½d ½d 1894 - 1900 Vermillion The colour of the halfpenny - ½d stamp was changed in 1900 to meet international standards.½d 1st January 1902 - 25th November 1904 Blue-Green 1/2d Yellow Green issued 26th November 1904 Edward VII died on 6th May 1910 The George V 'Downey Head' stamps were issued on 22nd June 1911 (Coronation Day).Named after the photograph taken of the King by W & D Downey.
At other times pieces of type were lost and never replaced.It was common for early postmasters not to bother including the year in the date, no doubt assuming that the customer knew what year it was.By knowing the relationship between postage rates and their dates of use, a time frame can be created for the issuance of a postcard.If your early postcard says it was printed in Germany, it is from before 1915. Colored borders, partial borders and scalloped edges can be found.
The photochrome postcard should not be confused with Real Photo Postcards.
Do you have an old postcard and curious about its age?