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1. When did the use of postcards start?

2. When did picture postcards first appear?

3. When were linen postcards popular?

4. What kind of a postcard is “chrome”?


1. The first copyright was issued to John P. Charlton of Philadelphia in 1861. This was later transferred to H. L. Lipman. The first postcards were decorated with a border pattern and labeled “Lipman’s postal card.”

2. Picture postcards were being published in limited quantities in Europe in 1870.

3. From 1930 to1945, a new American printing process allowed printing on postcard with a high rag content. This gave the postcards a textured look and feel.

4. Any card printed after 1939 with a shiny paper surface. The name is derived from the word Kodachrome, a process developed by Eastman Kodak.

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