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No other single format has provided such a massive photo history of America, particularly of small-town and rural America where photography was often a luxury.
Many real photo postcards were unique prints captured by amateur photographers, but others were mass-produced by companies such as the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company in Belfast, Maine.
It is also important to keep in mind that postcard types produced in one period could also be produced in another, but were simply not produced in the same volume as other card types of the period.
Before postcards, some people sent cards through the mail with attached postage.
Postcards were popular because they were a quick and easy way for individuals to communicate with each other.
Today deltiology, or the collection of postcards, is a popular hobby.
On February 27, 1861, the US Congress passed an act that allowed privately printed cards, weighing one ounce or under, to be sent in the mail. Charlton (other places seen as Carlton) copyrighted the first postcard in America. Lipman began reissuing Charlton’s postcard under a new name: Lipman’s Postal Cards.
Congress passed legislation on June 8, 1872, that approved government production of postal cards.
While we do not have picture envelopes that date from this time period, this envelope with the Smithsonian Institution Building on it is similar to the earlier picture envelopes.
The camera, designed for postcard-size film, allowed the general public to take photographs and have them printed on postcard backs, usually in the same dimensions (3-1/2" x 5-1/2") as standard vintage postcards.
Many other cameras were used, some of which used glass photographic plates that produced images that had to be cropped in order to fit the postcard format.
However, if the front of the postcard did not contain an image, it could bear a message.
If the front did have an image, then a small space was left on the front for a message.
Many of the private mailing cards, like the Castle postcard seen below, also contained the phrase “Postal Card—Carte Postale,” which indicated that it was allowed to enter the international mail system.