At least, it makes me want to look these people up and see how their lives turned out.
Below are some links to information about postcard collecting generally, including tips for dating postcards and links to websites that sell postcards.
Please note that the online sales sites listed below are not owned, endorsed or monitored by the TPC!
General Information about Postcards About Postcards – A great source of information on the history of English postcards, including a useful glossary Metropolitan Postcard Club of NYC – Featuring an extensive glossary of postcard “lingo” and histories of all things postcard.
The Postcard Album – Broad information source with an emphasis on early printers and publishers.
Emotionscards – Postcards in the context of early greeting cards (scroll to the “Greeting Card Museum” then the “History gallery” at the bottom of the next page).
So, if your card is marked "Private Mailing Card," is dates from 1893 - 1901. A divided back postcard (example 3) has a line down the middle, or some other indication that one half of the back is for the address and the other half is for a message. If your postcard has an undivided back, it is from 1907 or earlier. during World War I in order to save ink and estimated to have saved 20% more ink.
Does the postcard back indicated that it was printed in Germany? The German cards were of exceptional quality and are some of the best examples of old postcards available. Does the postcard have a shiny finish on the front, with a color photographic image?In a broader sense, the authors show how "real photo postcards" document the social history of America.From family outings and workplace awards to lynchings and natural disasters, every image captures a moment of American cultural history from the society that generated them.If the postcard is used, the most check the date on the postmark.However, there are many postcards that were never mailed or that a part of the post mark is illegible or soiled.It's certainly the book I recommend most often on postcards, and one I return to myself often.