Thursday, March 25, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday ~ Easter 2

I love my Easter postcards and will be sharing some of them over the next couple of week...
Interesting info on the publisher of this card: 

International Art Publishing Co. Ltd.   (1898-1914) New York, NY 

 A publisher of many artist signed holiday and patriotic postcards. Published over 3000 holiday cards by Ellen H. Clapsaddle alone. They also owned the Wolf Company that also produced postcards. All their cards were printed in Germany.


The United States Postal Service began issuing pre-stamped postal cards in 1873. The postal cards came about because the public was looking for an easier way to send quick notes. The USPS was the only establishment allowed to print postcards, and it held its monopoly until May 19, 1898, when Congress passed the Private Mailing Card Act which allowed private publishers and printers to produce postcards. The public could mail the private mailing cards for 1¢ instead of the letter rate of 2¢. The term "private mailing card" came into use because the USPS wanted to keep the postcards it produced distinguishable from those being produced privately, so it was required that private publishers print "Private Mailing Card" on the backs of their cards. Postcards went through many phases when particular design features were popular, so even if a postcard is not dated or was never mailed, it is still possible to determine an approximate time when it was printed. 


Beth from "The Best Hearts are Crunchy" is our awesome Hostess... 
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I am having a random drawing the first week of April 

15 comments:

Beth Niquette said...

WOW! I love your Easter postcards too and am delighted you are sharing them with us.

Thank you for that dynamic history lesson--I was fascinated. I really enjoyed reading your blog this morning!

Happy PFF!

Linda said...

So cute! And thanks for the info on Private Mailing Cards. I often wondered why that was printed on some cards.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Cute card! Thanks for the postcard info. Have a great day!

Sherrie
A View of My Life

Debs said...

a beautiful easter card...i love the way the artist has created a scenario for the easter bunny and chicks/eggs! happy PFF!

viridian said...

I like the bunny and chicks. Happy PFF!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Poor little bunny seems to have a heavy load of eggs!

Snap said...

Lovely Easter card and thanks for all the information. Happy PFF!

MuseSwings said...

This is such an interesting post! Love the history behind postcards. Happy PFF!

Dayhomemama said...

Thanks for sharing that great little bit of history. I am always curious about how people felt about sending stuff everyone could read, but I guess you saved your pennies for any really special private letter.
Cheers!

Postcardy said...

That's nice of the chickens to share their eggs.

Joy said...

I like that they actually printed "authorised by act of congress" on the card. Cute card.

Mary said...

Fun to be thinking about Easter - spring has truly sprung here and it feels great! Happy Spring and Happy PFF!

steviewren said...

Great postcard information...all of which I didn't know. Thanks for sharing. Love the cute card too!

CafebyJW said...

Beautiful!

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Irene said...

Lovely card and thank you for the information on the postcard history, that is something I struggle with.