Dating foreign postcards
But if the topic is uninteresting, or the postcard is newer, then rarity doesn't really matter because it may be the only one, but no one wants it.Subject matter of the card is another very significant factor in determining its value.The use of 'Picture Postcards' was first sanctioned by the British Postal Authorities on 1st September 1894.Prior to this date - pre-printed plain cards were in use which are commonly referred to as 'Postal Stationery' The size of cards varied throughout this period. The 'Intermediate' size of 5 x 3 inches (approx) was followed by the adopted standard sized card 5½ x 3½ inches which was in common use from 1900 until the 1960's The postage rate for postcards was a halfpenny - ½d ½d 1894 - 1900 Vermillion The colour of the halfpenny - ½d stamp was changed in 1900 to meet international standards.
The other side could be a complete picture (or photograph) Prior to this (undivided back) cards were in use which allowed for address only on one side and a brief greeting on the picture side.Damaged cards bring less money or can make the card nearly worthless.The oldest known picture postcard sold in 2002 at the London Stamp Exchange auction for just under ,000 dollars.We hope you find this guide useful but it should be used with caution, stamps in circulation could (and can!) still be used after being superceded by later issues and equally 'old' postcards could be sent using more recent stamps.
district which are in the “Blue Sky Region.” These Canadian postcards are shown in digital, virtual museum format for educational purposes.