17-18), postcard size can also be a clue. Ø If the card is old and is larger than 3.5 by 5.5 inches, it may date from before 1898. Ø If the card is old and is slightly smaller than 3.5 by 5.5 inches, it may date from 1898-1902. Ø If the card measures 3.5 by 5.5 inches, it was probably made between 1902 and 1970.
How old is a one cent postcard?
Relief for mailers and Post Offices alike came on May 19, 1898, when Congress approved a special one-cent rate for postcards — the same rate in effect for postal cards — beginning July 1, 1898. As privately-printed postcards became more and more popular, the Department issued more one-cent stamps to keep pace.
Are old postcards worth saving?
Pioneer postcards, which were printed before July 1, 1898 in the U.S., also have high monetary value. The cards were used as advertising pieces (which is still done today), and often carried information about a shop or a sale. These older cards are quite valuable with individual cards sometimes bringing more than $400.
When was a postcard stamp 2 cents?
What Did it Cost to Mail a Postcard in the Past? From November 2, 1917, to June 30, 1919, the rate for postcards and postal cards was 2 cents.
Are postcards worth more used or unused?
All unused postcards have some value. However, an unused one would be of more value to a deltiologist more so than a philatelist or postal historian due to lacking a postmark and / or stamp(s).
What can you do with a postcard?
Flip your post card photo side down to get started. Write the recipients address on the right hand side of the postcard. The back of a postcard is split into two sections, the right side being the destination for addressing the cards recipient.
What is penny postcard?
The Penny Penates is a postcard that was posted on 14 July 1840 to Fulham in London. It is also the only known surviving example of a Penny Black stamp, the worlds first adhesive postage stamp, used on a postcard. It was sold at auction in 2002 for £31,750 (US$44,300), the most ever paid for a postcard.