Tuesday, December 11, 2007

picture postcards

www.familypostcardsreunited.com: "The first plain postcards appeared in Austria in 1868.
One year later Britain followed,and shortly afterwards in the mid-1870's,the first picture postcards began to apear.

The Paris Exhibition of 1889 gave a tremendous boost to this still novel form of sending a message and from then on picture postcards were produced in ever increasing numbers by almost every country in the world .

Britain joined in the game in 1894 when the first picture cards were permitted and in 1902 was the first country to divide the back, thus allowing the message and address on one side and a complete picture on the other,a move which saw an explosion in picture postcard production as other countries quickly"


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