They probably produced very small numbers of each post cards which then found their way into family albums and collections.A few photographers such as Moffat and Russell produced post cards of ministers, professors and other eminent figures.The Private Mailing Card Act of May 19, 1898, stipulated that private mailing cards measure 3.25 x 5.5 inches.

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Curt Teich & Co., a postcard printing company, operated from 1898-1978 and specialized in view (postcards that have scenic views) and advertising postcards.

Curt Teich was the largest volume printer of these types of postcards in the world from the 1920s to the 1940s.

Before postcards, some people sent cards through the mail with attached postage.

Because these cards are not actually postcards, they are typically referred to as “mailed cards.” During this period, envelopes were produced with pictures on them, and some speculate that postcards are the direct descendants of the picture envelopes.

These presumably sold in larger numbers but, again, I have rarely seen any that have been sent through the post.

Many photographers and publishers have produced views of Edinburgh.

First restricted by size, color, and other regulations, postcard production blossomed in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Postcards were popular because they were a quick and easy way for individuals to communicate with each other.

Postcard producers printed cards that followed the current trends of postcards.