Vintage photo postcard dating
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.
So, if your card is marked "Private Mailing Card," is dates from 1893 - 1901. A divided back postcard (example 3) has a line down the middle, or some other indication that one half of the back is for the address and the other half is for a message. If your postcard has an undivided back, it is from 1907 or earlier. during World War I in order to save ink and estimated to have saved 20% more ink.
Thirteen full pages with space used elsewhere for photographs of cameras.
The words "Post Card" were not printed on postcards until December 24, 1901.
This guide is a required reading for genealogists, family historians, postcard collectors, and vintage photograph enthusiasts.
The Kwik Guide presents a short history of all postcards and then covers Real Photo Postcards in detail, including how to recognize and date them.
These vintage postcards are sometimes called picture postcards or RPPC ( short name for Real Photo Postcards).
These were actual photographs (hence the name Real), taken by our ancestors or studio photographers, that were printed on postcard blank.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.