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 wasContinue reading “One-off Cards”


Here are some distinctive styles of “POST CARD”. Otherwise, try my Publishers’ Initials Logos and Series page. Blum & Degen Golike & Wilburg Knackstedt & Näther K&N produced cards for a number of Scandinavian publishers in a distinctive font and wording. Source: Famgus Vykort Lichtenstern & Hariri PB, Harlesden, London N.W. Valentine & Sons WyndhamContinue reading ““POST CARD” Clues”

Official Cards

Source: The Stamp Atlas by Stuart Rossiter & John Flower, 1986, Macdonald & Co Austria Bavaria Bavaria was established in 1804. Its stamps ceased to be valid on 30 June 1920. The card issued by the 1896 Bavarian State Exhibition may be an official card. Belgium Bohemia The Kingdom of Bohemia was a medieval and early modern monarchy in CentralContinue reading “Official Cards”

The Biograph Studio, London

THE BIOGRAPH STUDIO 107 REGENT STREET W. The Biograph Studio, photographic printing studio, 107 Regent Street. London, W. The American Mutoscope Company was incorporated in New Jersey on December 30, 1895. The firm manufactured the Mutoscope and made flip-card movies for it as a rival to Edison’s Kinetoscope for individual “peep shows”, making the companyContinue reading “The Biograph Studio, London”

Unusual cards

Stereo Views Fabric Wolff Hagelberg of Berlin published unusual cards including a Christmas card decrorated with felt flowers. Giant Cards Before 1918 ETW Dennis of Scarborough published a series of Giant View Cards, a massive 12.4 by 9 inches. John Tilley of Ledbury printed and published a series of Giant Photo-Cards, 8 by 11 inches,Continue reading “Unusual cards”

Postcard from the Bund

I came across this correspondence card soon after I began to collect undivided-backs in September 2016. It has the printed wording: Imprimerie Israélite 81, Rue de Carouge, à GENÈVE It was postally used in Plainpalais Geneva on 15 March 1905 when it was sent to Herr A Katz at 15iii University Street, Zurich. Translated fromContinue reading “Postcard from the Bund”

Directory E

Arthur Eckerlein Lindau, Bavaria, Germany. Aufnahme u. Verlag: Arthur Eckerlein, Hofphotograph, Lindau. Arthur Eckerlein, Royal Court photographer and publisher, Paradiesplatz, Lindau where his telephone number was 134 and then 334. Lindau is a major town and island on the eastern side of Lake Constance/Bodensee. Eckerlein published studio portraits as cabinet cards. His cartes de visitesContinue reading “Directory E”