Dating foreign postcards
If only a few of the cards were printed or only a small number have survived the ages, your card may be very valuable.However, rarity goes hand-in-hand with other characteristics; if only a single card was printed, that makes it rare.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.
Pioneer postcards, which were printed before July 1, 1898 in the U. The cards were used as advertising pieces (which is still done today), and often carried information about a shop or a sale. These older cards are quite valuable with individual cards sometimes bringing more than 0.
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.
Some cards had flocking, glitter or gilding, and those sections of the card need to have as much of the original material as possible.
A card which looks perfect could be a reproduction, so be careful when buying.
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