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Later the descriptions become more verbose on the address side, but there is still usually a one or two line title on the picture side.With the introduction of Chromes the title is most often found only on the address side. The Tichnor number for this view is 104973, though I've not yet found any guide as to what date that might represent. Stampboxes also provide a clue to the age of a postcard, within broad limits.Often there is a reference in the box to the amount of postage required. postcards, the standard rate was: For English postcards, the standard rate was one half penny from the earliest cards to June 1918 when the rate was raised to one penny.Of course, if the card is used and has a stamp, that too gives a clue, both by its value, and the style of stamp itself. Of course some people might put a penny stamp on a card when only half penny was required, and cards that didn't meet postal regulations, due to size or attachments, would also require more postage.
The best way to tell the difference is to look at the postcard with a magnifying glass.
There are a few problems I forsee when trying to apply this information to other publishers ... Overall however, I think the results will prove to be worth the effort.
are the frequency relationships close enough to apply the Curt-Teich model? , can we distinquish between publishers numbers and manufacturers numbers, and which do we use?
Half penny stamps in England were introduced in different styles at different dates, though they could have been used at any date after their introduction: Here we have an example that breaks my general rule of decreasing complexity over time (there are always plenty of exceptions to "rules" like these!
) It is a Private Mailing Card, and while the text is very complex graphically, there is no real stampbox, just text in the stamp area -- Place A One Cent Stamp Here.Two companies are mentioned on many cards, one being the publisher and the other the manufacturer. Which of these parties is referred to as the 'publisher' is not always clear. Of course, the stampbox is only visible if there is no stamp -- usually such cards are unused, so we have no postmark use-date for them.