One-off Cards

Although much more a feature of the divided-back era, many photographic studios, when printing the efforts of their customers did so on postcard blanks.

The Eastman Kodak Company was founded by George Eastman (1854 to 1932) and Henry A. Strong (1838 to 1919) on 4 September 1888, and headquartered in Rochester, New York. It was best known for its photographic film and paper products. In 1903, Kodak introduced a camera (the No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak) designed for postcard-size film, allowing the public to take photographs and have them printed on postcard backs. The Kodak postcard camera was discontinued in 1943. In 1907, Kodak introduced a service called “real photo postcards” (“RPPCs”), which enabled customers to make a postcard from any picture they took. Similarly, in 1902, Eastman Kodak began selling silver chloride photo paper with a pre-printed postcard back. The papers were marketed under various subsidiary company names: Velox, ASO, AZO, EKC, Solio, Artura, Aristo, and Kodak (brand). The postcard back heading Photo Post Card with the stamp box wording Kodak Paper dates to 1950 and later. Source: Dumbarton Oaks

The result is a number of unique cards,

Edgar’s Cart in 1906

This “Road” was a trifle muddy in the early spring as you can see. The buildings at the back are the Aluminium Pressworks. This cart had to be finally dug out and unloaded. Edgar.

The works in Edgar’s photograph appear to be the Aluminum Plate and Press Company Inc, North ave and Berckman, Plainfield, New Jersey and 87 Nassau, New York.

From our New Haven Correspondent. Master Mechanic Jerome LEARY of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company has resigned his position. He has accepted a flattering offer from the Aluminum Plate and Press Company, of Plainfield, N. J., to take charge of its plant, at a salary, it is said, of $5,000 a year.

The Irish World And American Industrial Liberator 25 February 1899

Philip Wells Hall (died 17 February 1952 aged 75) printing press manufacturer and inventor, began his career with the Aluminum Plate and Press Company of Plainfield, which in 1903 became the Hall Printing Press Company of Dunellen. As president, he retired in 1924, when the concern was absorbed by R Hoe & Co of New York.

In 1899 and 1902 the company filed several patent applications related to printing including a margin-roller for rotary printing-machines, a sheet-slitting device for printing-presses and a machine for the graining of metal printing or lithographic plates.

The U.S. Steel recognition strike of 1901 was an unsuccessful attempt by the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers to reverse its declining fortunes and organize large numbers of new members. Indianapolis News of 20 May 1901 reported on the state of the strike in Plainfield; fully 1,000 machinists and helpers struck. They were employed in the shops of the Scott Printing Press Company, the Potter pressworks, the Campbell pressworks and the Aluminum Plate and Press works. On 2 June 1901 the New York Times reported that the first break in the strike situation in Plainfield came on the afternoon of 1 June when Superintendent J.W. Leary of the Aluminum Plate and Press Works granted his men the nine hours a day with ten hours’ pay schedule. The works then employed 130 machinists.

Out and about with the Knox sisters

Annabel sent these two photocards to the Knox sisters on the same occasion. The photographs show an overlapping group of individuals on different occasions. The cards were sent to and from Strathmiglo, a village and parish in Fife, Scotland on the River Eden.

Off to the Show

This black-faced ram is printed on a Kodak blank some time after the undivided-back era.

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