Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Post Card from 1875

Post Cards
Some years ago I started work on a series of pages on the history of Post Cards to help date cards of Hertfordshire - and maybe some day I will extend it up to the end of the First World War. However I have just added an early Post Card from 1875 to the section about Post Cards with undivided backs.
Post card sent by W. H. Rowe of Hemel Hempstead in 1875.
The start was the introduction of cards in 1870 with a stamp printed on the address side and a completely plain back for the message. After a time some firms purchased these cards in large numbers and printed information on the back - perhaps just their name and address, in other cases advertising material. Later plain cards, where the sender could attach the stamp were used, and it was only around 1900 that picture post cards came into existence.

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