Dating rotograph postcards
Remember a great many postcards were purchased but never mailed.
That was my beginning and at the time my goal was to acquire as many different pictures as possible provided the scenes were of the Thousand Islands.
Later, when I realized that all postcards were not the same, collecting postcards took on a whole new approach.
Most Real Photo Postcards, abbreviated RPPC, have information on their backs to help in identifying the manufacturer of the photographic paper that was used by the postcard publisher.
If you can identify the paper manufacturer, you can approximate the age of the old postcard.
There is some confusion on what Real Photo Postcards (RPPC) are, and how to differentiate from a printed postcard.
The great popularity of postcards has long since passed.Compare today to one hundred years ago when in 1908, the U. Post Office reported that 650 million postcards were being mailed annually and the number of mailings was doubling every year.If the photo is printed, you will see that it is made up of a lot of little dots, the same as a photo printed in a newspaper. If you collect Thousand Islands memorabilia, my guess is that your first purchase might have been a postcard.
If the postcard has a stamp box, click on one of stamp box links below.
If there is no stamp box, or a generic stamp box, go to Postcards Backs.