Early Postcards

The earliest postcards were designed to be addressed on one side and the message written on the other. In 1902 the Post Office changed its rules and permitted the division of the back into two spaces for the address and a message, as they are today. The other side could be entirely devoted to a picture, stimulating the picture-postcard craze of the pre-WW1 years. Picture postcards were in use before 1902, but space was generally left beside the picture for a message. Collectors refer to these early cards as "undivided back".


Early Card of Gilsland Spa

Date posted: 23 July 1902

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Early Card of Orchard House

Date posted: 13 September 1902

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Early Letter

Date posted: 12 August 1862