(This is mainly found with the very early Teich postcards and with V.0.
Hammon postcards.) *There are a few hundred cards ordered by the Woolworth company that begin with a "W" instead of the more typical "A" or "R".
Real Photo Postcards are photographs that are reproduced by actually developing them onto photographic paper the size and weight of Postcards, with a Postcard back.
There are many Postcards that reproduce photos by various printing methods that are NOT "real photos"..same methods used when reproducing photos in magazines and newspapers.
Got a Main Street, USA postcard that pictures late 30s cars and has a 1939 postmark? For the millions of postcards in existence that are not so easily age-defined, we consult the painstaking research of experts in the field. Included are those references we consult most often. Curt Teich Postcards Compliments of the Curt Teich Archives at the Lake County Museum ©1994, The Lake County Museum The first series of cards printed by the Teich company used numbers only and ranged from 1— 14989.
Listed below is a portion of the knowledge base that exists to help in dating old postcards. The production dates were not recorded by the company at this time, but from copyright dates found on some of the cards, it has been determined that these cards were produced between 19.
If you can identify the paper manufacturer, you can approximate the age of the old postcard.
Fairs Listing : currently events organised by members of the association are listed and these link to further information about the organiser and links to their own websites. Hobby Information : Beginners guides by Liz Mc Kendrick are included in the information section, which we hope to expand soon.
It is believed that in some cases the same view was ordered by another company and the card was printed with "A" or "R" preceding the number.
A small number of cards also filed with this series begin with "BS," "DT," "RG," and "RT." After approximately 1924, the "A" or "R" may not appear on the card at all.
This is not a complete list as many publisher’s full names remain unknown.
The site aims to supply information on all aspects of postcards to a wider audience.