Here is an interesting example of two different publishers using almost identical fancy-font and graphics for the words 'Post Card': The green text has C. Photochrom along the dividing line, and the Curt-Teich logo on the lower left, along with a line reading Published by J. On the left is has the text Printed by Tichnor Bros. The best example of dating information from stampboxes that I've seen so far is for real photo postcards only, and can be found on Playle's site at Also on that site are examples of publishers imprints used on real photo postcards, some of them dated.Stamp boxes on printed cards also offer dating clues.If the postcard has a stamp box, click on one of stamp box links below.If there is no stamp box, or a generic stamp box, go to Postcards Backs.
The key to identifying those changes is a good selection of reliably dated cards.For example, a card printed on linen was most likely produced between 19.However, it is important to remember that these dates and time periods are not concrete—they are only generalizations of trends in the postcard industry.If the photo is printed, you will see that it is made up of a lot of little dots, the same as a photo printed in a newspaper. Postcard producers printed cards that followed the current trends of postcards.Two companies are mentioned on many cards, one being the publisher and the other the manufacturer. Which of these parties is referred to as the 'publisher' is not always clear. Of course, the stampbox is only visible if there is no stamp -- usually such cards are unused, so we have no postmark use-date for them.