Publisher: Natural Color Postcard E C Kropp, Milwaukee.
08/27/2015 In memoriam, Kathleen Evans, artist Here are two instances of the same postcard titled “Art”. Being printed in 1906, at a time when a message on the back of the post card was prohibited, and only the address was allowed to be written on the back of the postcard (commonly referred to as the undivided-back postcard era or UDB postcard era), these postcards were printed without a vertical line in the center of the back of the card. Post Office allowed the left side of the back of a postcard to contain a message, with the right side of the postcard reserved for the name and address of the addressee. It took quite a while for people to get used to writing a message on the back of a postcard, even though allowed to, and even though the postcard might have been printed with the vertical divider line on the back.
Both are undivided back postcards, number 118 (front lower left) and COPYRIGHT 1906 S. PORTER, CHICAGO (front lower right), with ANGLO SERIES PUBLISHED BY A. Here are the front and back images of the unused “Art” postcard: FRONT OF UNUSED UDB “Art” POSTCARD BACK OF UNUSED UDB “Art” POSTCARD Now, here are the front and back of the “Art” postcard that was postmarked on October 8, 1907: FRONT OF USED FAUX-DB “Art” POSTCARD BACK OF USED FAUX-DB “Art” POSTCARD At first glance, the second “Art” postcard appears to be a divided-back postcard, but it is, in fact, the same undivided-back “Art” postcard as shown in the unused copy of “Art”.
credit for being bold enough to create her own (for some reason I think that M.
is a female) divided-back postcard, just seven months after the postal regulations were changed.
As a result of collections of old postcards, many places can still be seen today, as well as documented, which was almost impossible due to the lack of photographs taken in earlier years.
Photographs simply were not as plentiful as they are now.
I originally began this collection of old postcards as a research project in an effort to capture places and landmarks in South Louisiana as they were in years past, as well as those reminiscent of a by-gone era.