The Post Office introduced postcards to Britain in 1870. They were plain with a pre-printed stamp.
In 1894, the Post Office allowed private cards to be published, this encouraged companies to produce their own cards, many including a picture. However, the picture and space for a written space were on the same side of the card, with the address on the other side. In 1902 the Post Office allowed the message and address to be written on the divided back, enabling the picture to feature on the other side.
The 'Golden Age' of postcards then began. They became a common form of communication, with many people collecting them.
The First World War, however, changed this. Postcards were no longer available from most European countries and British production was much reduced.
Increased telephone use also affected postcard sales.
Since that time, postcards have become more associated with holidays. However, the hobby of postcard collecting is becoming extremely popular. Indeed, early postcards are greatly increased in value, due to there lovely pictures and historical significance.
(Above information taken from Postcard Investor magazine, Hartley publications.)
A sweet hand drawn postcard. Date unknown.
Snow White. Netherlands. 1941
Multiple choice! Date Unknown
Marilyn Monroe. Date unknown.
Mabel Lucie Atwell. Boo-Boos. Date unknown.
At the time of writing this piece, all the above cards are available for purchase from Vintage Vic.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO SEE FILM OF BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE POSTCARDS.
Nothing to do with Vintage Vic, but lovely!