Vintage Whitney-Made DB Christmas Postcard, Ready to Send! - image 1 of 3

For my Christmas/New Year’s postcards this year, I have selected cards that have no writing on the back, so you can send them directly as postcards! Pop on a 40-cent postcard stamp, and out it goes! I’m doing that, myself, this year. It’s a comforting “hearkening back” to a gentler time. Many people also use these postcards to create their own cards: you can either glue these on to card stock, or insert them in "corners", and send them in an envelope. Or you can simply collect them as I do, for their beauty and history!

This Divided Back postcard was made by Whitney Made in Worcester, MA. It was made between 1907-1914. It depicts two wise men on a camel looking at the Star of Bethlehem. It says "Christmas Joy Be Yours This Christmas". Wonderfully embossed.

This will be sent to you in a plain envelope for only $1. That was how we postcard collectors bought and sold them 30 years ago, and they arrived just fine. This does not provide tracking or insurance.

However, you do have the more expensive option of my sending them with hard cardboard in the envelope--that is the 1st Class Package option, which is a bit more expensive at 4$. That will provide tracking, and you can purchase insurance (optional).

NOTE: If you purchase more than one, please send your order but do not pay. I can help you with shipping, if I know ahead of time!

Thank you. Happy Holidays.

The following shows you the time frames for the various postcard eras:
Pioneer Era (1893-1898): The world's first picture postcards date from 1893 and had a 1 cent staff. The Pioneer Era of postcards ended by July 1, 1898.
Private Mailing Card Era (PMC) (1898-1901): An Act of U.S. Congress on May 19, 1898 granted private printers permission to print and sell cards that bore the inscription “Private Mailing Card” (PMC) and required a 1 cent stamp.
Undivided Back Era (UB) (1901-1907): In December 1901 the U.S. Postal Service required that the words “Post Card” should be printed at the top of the address side of privately printed cards. Messages were still not permitted on the address side of the card
Early Divided Back Era (DB) (1907-1914): On March 1, 1907 the back of the postcard was divided into 2 sections - on the right was a place for the address and on the left was a place for a message. This era is often referred to as “the Golden Age of Postcards” and most postcards were printed in Germany which had an excellent lithographic printing process. With the beginning of WWI the supply of postcards from Germany dwindled and England and the United States started printing postcards.
White Border Era (WB) (1915-1930): Publishers left a clear border around the view, now referred to as “White Border” cards. These cards were often printed on cheaper paper stock with inferior printing.
Linen Era (1930-1945): Post cards with high rag content created a linen-like texture that could be seen and felt.
Chrome Era (1939-present): “Chrome” postcards began around 1939 and are identified by a glossy surface. By the 1960s, many cards were printed at a larger size ( 4 x 6 inches) often referred to as continentals.
Real Photo Postcards - Starting in 1901 photographs were sometimes developed onto postcard stock for mailing. These were of high resolution and often one of a kind and therefore have become highly collectible.

I sell postcards from the PMC, UB, DB, and Real Photo Postcard eras.


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