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No other single format has provided such a massive photo history of America, particularly of small-town and rural America where photography was often a luxury.
Many real photo postcards were unique prints captured by amateur photographers, but others were mass-produced by companies such as the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company in Belfast, Maine.
By law, the government postcards were the only postcards allowed to bear the term “Postal Card.” Private publishers were still allowed to print postcards, but they were more expensive to mail than the government-produced cards (2¢ instead of 1¢).
On May 19, 1898, Congress passed an act allowing private printing companies to produce postcards with the statement “Private Mailing Card, Authorized by Act of Congress of May 19, 1898.” Private mailing cards now cost the same amount of money to mail as government-produced postcards: 1¢.
A real photo postcard (RPPC) is a continuous-tone photographic image printed on postcard stock.
The term recognizes a distinction between the real photo process and the lithographic or offset printing processes employed in the manufacture of most postcard images.
The words “Private Mailing Card” distinguished privately printed cards from government printed cards.
If the front did have an image, then a small space was left on the front for a message.1447, which allowed the words “Post Card” instead of the longer “Private Mailing Card” on the back of postcards.Private printers were now also allowed to omit the line citing the 1898 Private Mailing Card Act.It is also important to keep in mind that postcard types produced in one period could also be produced in another, but were simply not produced in the same volume as other card types of the period.
Before postcards, some people sent cards through the mail with attached postage.
In 1907, Kodak introduced a service called "real photo postcards," which enabled customers to make a postcard from any picture they took.