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Postcards
 
Definition: a card for sending by mail without an envelope

The United States postal card was patented in 1861 by John P. Charlton. He sold the rights to Hymen Lipman. Lipman added borders to his post card and it became known as "Lipman's Postal Cards". In 1873 the first American postcard was developed by the Morgan Envelope Factory. In the early 1900's, postcards became very popular with the postcards being printed with images of buildings and other structures. Two decades later, came the 'white border' era with postcards featuring a white border around them. The 'white border' postcard was replaced by the 'linen card' era in the 1930's, lasting into the 1950's.
Types
ADVERTISEMENT
Published by businesses to promote products or services
BLANK
Governmnet Issued Postcards that were first known as "Penny Postcards"
COLLECTING
Made to serve no specific purpose other than to catch the eye
GREETING CARD
Created to address a specific consumer need
HOLIDAY
Created to address a specific consumer need
NEWS
A photographer captures a news related item and quickly reproduce it in a postcard
PATRIOTIC
Created to address a specific consumer need
PHOTOGRAPH 
Scenes of homes and yards often with posed family members in them
TOURISM
Produced for Tourist Consumption, mostly consisting of views
VIEW-CARD
Small town scenes of places that received little or no tourism

Postcard Index


The History of Postcards

Vintage Postcard History




A Moment In Time

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2013