Curt teich postcard dating
From 1908 until 1913 production dates are not clear and were determined by copyright dates found on a few of the cards. After 1913, dates began to appear occasionally in the order books kept by the company and from 1922 on, production dates were well documented.Year Production Numbers: 1908-10 A1 1910 A19922 1911 A22998 1912 A32000 1913 A32236 —A45599 1914 A45600 —A53999 1915 A54000 —A61999 1916 A62000 —A71999 1917 A72000 —A77320 1918 A77321 —A77481 1919 A77482 —A81999 1920 A82000 —A83599 1921 A83600 —A87975 1922 A87976 —A92873 1923 A92874 —A96826 1924 A96827 —A102410 1925 A102411 —A107826 1924 A107827 —A112867 1927 A112868 —A118311 1928 A118312 —A124180 An "-N" after a number indicates it was a reprinted card.A small number of cards also filed with this series begin with "BS," "DT," "RG," and "RT." After approximately 1924, the "A" or "R" may not appear on the card at all.There are many different postcard companies, and many different types of postcards from many different eras.Many of the real photo postcards being done at the current time are reproductions of earlier historic photos.The easiest way to distinguish a real photo postcard is to look at it under a magnifying glass; it will show smooth transitions from one tone to another. (Britain had already pioneered this in 1902.) The address was to be written on the right side; the left side was for writing messages.
They may or may not have a white border, or a divided back, or other features of postcards, depending on the paper the photographer used.I will go further into the changes to the postcard in another post, but for now I'd like to discuss the Curt Teich Postcard Company.The Curt Teich Postcard Company was started in Chicago Illinois in the late 1800's and closed down shop I think around 1978.Compiled by Todd Ellison, Certified Archivist (last revised 8/7/2006)Although the world's first picture postcards date from the 1860s to the mid-1870s, most of the earliest American picture postcards extant today are those that were sold at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, starting on May 1, 1893. At this time, a dozen or more American printers began to take postcards seriously.These were illustrations on government-printed postal cards and on privately printed souvenir cards. Congress on May 19, 1898 granted private printers permission to print and sell cards that bore the inscription Private Mailing Card. Still, no message was permitted on the address side. postal regulations on December 24, 1901 stipulated that the words Post Card should be printed at the top of the address side of privately printed cards.