More on Real Photo Postcards

Real Photo Postcards were popular from the very early 20th century to as late as the 1950s.  Negatives of family photos would be sent out to photography houses which would print them up as postcards. Thus, they could be mailed to distant family and friends. The real photo postcard trend was not limited to family photos. In the early twentieth century free-lance postcard photographers roamed the world taking photos of all kinds of places and things and were paid by postcard publishers for their negatives. Some of these photographers had their own small postcard publishing businesses. These commercially-sold real photo postcards often have white hand-written captions identifying their subjects. The white writing is part of the photograph (the result of the photographer’s using a black marking pencil on the negative, which gets reversed and becomes white in the positive print).

Real Photo Postcard-Freelance Photographer

Real Photo Postcard-Freelance Photographer

Though family portraits are probably the most common type of real photo postcard, the most valuable real photo postcards contain images of unusual and uncommon glimpses into early twentieth century life:

  • people engaged in occupational activities such as working on roads, in blacksmith shops, on ships, or in any walk of life
  • people in uniform– particularly military
  • unusual images of animals
  • images of early farm equipment such as tractors
  • images of transportation including horses and buggies, early cars, boats, trains and airplanes
  • images of post-disaster damage including famous tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes
  • images of sports including teams, players and game being played
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Closed 5/5/09

1911 Letter/Correspondence…Figure Skater Manager Calling Card…RPPC Bournemouth England…RPPC Eidfjord Hardanger Norway

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vintage correspondence, letter, 1911, Arcade, New York, Arcade Hotel Now listed in eBay Store

vintage calling card, manager,figure skating champion, Edith Jackson, Northwest Now listed in eBay Store
vintage postcard, RPPC,real photo, Bournemouth,England,1919,touring car,driver Now listed in eBay Store
vintage postcard, RPPC,real photo, Eidfjord,Hardanger,Norway,1950,landscape Now listed in eBay Store
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Closed 3/24/09

5 Postcards from Massachussets Today!
4 Hand Coloured and 1 Black and White…Warm Springs,VA…Waterfall…RPPC Bridge

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vintage postcard, Worcester,Massachussets,MA, Hand colored, hand coloured Now listed in eBay Store

vintage postcard,Plymouth,Massachussets,MA, Hand colored, hand colouredNow listed in eBay Store

vintage postcard, Weymouth,Massachussets,MA, Hand colored, hand coloured Now listed in eBay Store

vintage postcard, Gloucester,Massachussets,MA, Hand colored, hand coloured

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vintage postcard,Ware,Massachussets,MA,black,white, black & white, black and white Now listed in eBay Store
vintage postcard, Warm Springs, Virginia, VA, Hand colored, hand coloured Now listed in eBay Store
vintage postcard, waterfall, Hand colored, hand colouredNow listed in eBay Store
vintage postcard, real photo, RPPC, bridge, black, white, black and whiteNow listed in eBay Store

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