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A postcard refers to a commercially printed card having space on one of its sides, for short messages including the address and the postage stamp. As the name denotes, post cards are sent through the postal services, and come with various types of bright pictures on one of its two sides. The shape of postcards is typically rectangular and they are made of thick paper or thin cardboard. The specialty of postcards lies in the advantage, of the flexibility of posting them without envelopes. The space of attaching postal stamps on the other side of the picture is sufficient enough for postal purposes, making them attractive and comparatively cheaper than the postal charges of sending an envelope. Postcards are distinguished from postal cards by the fact that postal cards have postage charges pre-printed on them whereas postcards require stamps for posting them. Post cards are generally manufactured and printed by private organizations whereas the concerned postal authority issues the postal cards. Postcards can be designed in various ways and thus considered as an art form.

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If you're old you probably remember being able to go to the post office and get one for about 3 cents. They weren't much to look at but they were a quick and easy way to drop off a message to someone without having to stuff a letter in an envelope.

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The official name for detailed study about postcards, which combined with the study of postcard collection is deltiology. And currently postcard collecting is the third largest collectable hobby in the world. The only thing that tops it is stamps and coins. In the US it is also topped by baseball cards but that is purely a national thing. Postcards are popular because they have a very broad appeal. You can get a postcard with a photo of just about anything on it, with world landmarks such as buildings and bridges being the most popular things that you'll find. Today, travelers from all over the world collect postcards as reminders of where they have been and the landmarks they've visited. For example, if a person was visiting New York City and went to the Empire State Building they could, upon leaving, pick up a postcard of the building itself right there. No need to search one out. They are as easy to find as ants at a picnic.

In USA the first postcard was printed in 1861 during the Civil War. It was printed by J.P.Carlton. Eventually his copyright was transferred to H.L.Lipman. These are now known as Lipman Postal Cards. They continued to sell until 1873 when they were replaced by the U.S. Government postcards.
In Austria the first postal cards, which were called later as postcards were printed in 1869.
In Russia the first postal cards-postcards were printed in 1870-s. They were simple forms without any ornament or illustration.

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Between 1870 and 1898 was what was known as the pioneer era of postcards. This is when postcards started turning up in countries like Hungary, Great Britain, France and Germany. The first card showing a photo of the Eiffel Tower was printed in 1889.
One of the first publishing houses in Russia - Art Publishing House of Evgeninskaya Community of the medical nurses of Red Cross (Community of St Evgenia) printed the first postcards with illustrations in 1897. They used the drawings of Russian painter Nicholas N. Karazin.
The first postcards with the reproductions of the pictures which were printed by Art museums, appeared in Russia in 1925...26.

The first of what was known as "exposition" cards was printed in the United States in 1873. It was a photo of the main building of Inter-State Industrial Exposition in Chicago. This card was not originally intended as a souvenir card but soon became a very sought after collectable and today is worth a lot of money. It should be noted that during this period all privately printed cards were required to have two cent postage while the government cards only required one cent postage.

It wasn't until 1898 that American publishers were allowed to print what were called Private Mailing Cards. These cards were printed with one cent stamps, the same as the United States Government issues. This was authorized by an act of congress on May 19, 1898. This was the most significant event to explode the use of private postal cards. Just like with the Government cards and the pioneer cards before them, writing on these cards was reserved for the front side only.

In Europe the pictorial element began as a patriotic sentiment during the France-German War (1870-71) and rapidly developed into a popular medium of tourism. In the 1880s and 1890s these souvenir cards took the form of a group of tiny vignettes in the upper and left-hand sides of the `message` side, with the caption `Gruss Aus' (German) or `Souvenir de` (French) followed by the name of the town or locality.

Picture cards of this type were not permitted in Britain until 1894 when the postal regulations were relaxed sufficiently to allow a small pictorial panel on the message side. Gradually this became larger and all but filled the message side, leaving only a broad margin at the foot of the picture for this purpose. After 1897 messages could also be written on the address side, but only on domestic cards as other countries forbade this. Between 1902 and 1905 other European countries relaxed this rule, and `divided backs then became more widespread.

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December 29, 2020. The evening party of postal cards

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November 19 - December 15, 2023. Postal card marathon

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Postcard Traders association -- Represents professionals within the UK postcard industry

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Eugene Prokhorov

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