Dating postcard photographs
However, many people wore their “best” clothing at the sessions and men often borrowed clothing from a rack at the photographers’ studio.
Maureen Taylor has written several books such as If you have cabinet photographs from La Crosse photographers, you will want to check out Edwin Hill’s extensive thesis titled “A History of Photography in La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1853-1930.” You can access it online at .
Stamps illustrated are the common issues for the relevant 'postcard rate' of the period.
Multiples of lower value stamps were often used, as were stamps higher than the required amount.
You can search the text for “Meason” for example and find that the Meason firm moved to 1223 Caledonia Street by 1905 and two years later the firm moved to 320 North 4th Street. If you are so lucky as to see an automobile in the photograph, this can also help.
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.
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Robert Bogdan and Todd Weseloh draw on extensive research and observation to address all aspects of the photo postcard from its history, origin, and cultural significance to practical matters like dating, purchasing, condition, and preservation.