Vintage photo postcard dating
If the back has a smooth, plasticy surface, it is modern.Kodak introduce plastic resin-coated paper in 1968.* Cyantotype real photo postcards.Many real photo postcards have text identifying the brand of paper.
They do not have “ink-and-printing-press” images but are actual photographs on photopaper.
Many of these show celebrities such as movie stars, sports stars and politicians.
You can find examples picturing everyone from Ty Cobb to Red Grange to Greta Garbo to Thomas Edison.
Earlier cards were called ‘Private Mailing Cards.’ Only the address was allowed to be written on the back of the card during Post Card Era. White borders were popularly introduced around 1915.
In more modern times, both full bleed and white borders were made, but the white borders almost always date mid 1910s and after.
These family photos and snapshots will show standard family poses, including little Jimmy in his school uniform, the family picnicking or a wedding reception.