Several additional postcard collections and archives have been added to the Teich Archives Collection over the past 35 years, including the Detroit Publishing Company Collection, the Dexter Press Records, the John High Collection, the V.
Got a Main Street, USA postcard that pictures late 30s cars and has a 1939 postmark? For the millions of postcards in existence that are not so easily age-defined, we consult the painstaking research of experts in the field. Included are those references we consult most often. Curt Teich Postcards Compliments of the Curt Teich Archives at the Lake County Museum ©1994, The Lake County Museum The first series of cards printed by the Teich company used numbers only and ranged from 1— 14989.
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.
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.
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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.
Postcards initially came out in the mid 1800's and continue to this day.
Some postcards are very difficult to date if they are unused and have no postmark.