29 September, 2007

Postcard 1: Real Photo Postcard

I was rummaging a stack of old postcards in an antique shop when I came across this picture of a little girl. At first I wondered why it was included on the postcards and not on the pile of old photos that the shop also sell. Then I checked the back of the card and it has a divided back! I admit it was my first time to come across with this type of postcard.

I later found out that there was indeed an era where real photos were made into postcards! Per Wikipedia, in 1903 Kodak introduced the No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak, which was designed for postcard-size film to allow the general public to take photographs and have them printed on postcard backs. They are usually the same size as standard vintage postcards (3-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Real photo postcard is also known by the acronym "RPPC".


I noticed that the flowers on the cards are colored. I later found out that some postcards during the era were often tinted or colored with great detail.

I also did some research and found a list of RPPC manufacturers. Unfortunately I couldn't find a match on the list with the manufacturer of my only RPPC. Below is the logo of the manufacturer printed at the front bottom part of the card. If anyone is familiar with the logo, please leave a comment. Thanks

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