Acquisition Information: The postcards in the Cambridge Historical Society Postcard Collection were collected at various times and from various personages. Few formal records remain of their donation or accession. Notations on the backs of individual postcards indicate that the photos include gifts of:. George G. Wright Collection, Eleanor Campbell, , G. Marjorie Gutheim, n.
Colourpicture Publishers, Inc.
Colourpicture Publishers, Inc. — Dumbarton Oaks
All cards are original. Vintage postcards make a great gift for historians, artists, and those who are sentimental. Wonderful vintage comic linen postcard dating to circa Shows dog near a red and white striped barber pole. Measures 3. Condition is good with some light edge and corner wear. Also has some soiling on the back.
People often find themselves in possession of an old postcard and want to know how old it is. If the postcard is used, the most obvious solution is to check the date on the postmark. However, there are many vintage postcards out there that were never mailed, so here are some clues to determining the age of your post card. These are general guidelines.
This guide is meant to aid the collector in identifying and dating real photo postcards, and to act as a reminder that it is impossible to do so with great accuracy. A lthough real photo postcards were made in a variety of ways, they hold one identifiable feature in common. The tonalities of photos are completely continuous to the eye producing true greys, for they are created by the reaction of individual photosensitive molecules to light rather than the transfer of ink from a plate. In printed images the grey areas are usually made up of black marks that are spaced to create the optical illusion of greys.