Old Postcard Dating Information

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I am indebted to Peter Stubbs for much of the information below (extracted from Peter's site www.edinphoto.org.uk) and his permission for allowing me to use this on the Harberton website.

Summary

United Kingdom postcards can be roughly dated from their FORMAT. Many old postcards were never posted. If they were, the posting date may be shown on the FRANK. If this is unreadable, the STAMP (if any) indicates the approximate year. Below are rules-of-thumb on dating PCs. Most of this info was gleaned from two excellent web pages, which are on: PC stamps http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/0_PC_0/0_post_card_history_-_stamps_postage_rates_uk_1890s-1952.htm and PC history http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/0_PC_0/0_post_card_history.htm.

FORMAT
1870 First (plain) PC
1894 First (picture) PC
1895 Court Card 4" x 3"
1899 Standard size, message on front
1902 Divided backs, message on back
1926 Maximum & minimum sizes fixed

STAMPS
1890-1900 Victoria, d, vermillion
1900-1901 Victoria, d, blue-green
1902-1904 Edward VII, d, blue-green
1904-1910 Edward VII, d, yellow-green
1911-1912 George V, d, green ( head)
1912-1918 George V, d, green
1918-1921 George V, 1d, red
1921-1922 George V, 1d, red
1922-1934 George V, 1d, red
1934-1936 George V, 1d, red

I am indebted to Peter Stubbs for the above information (extracted from Peter's site www.edinphoto.org.uk) and his permission for allowing me to use this on the Harberton website.

Monarchs' Dates

Victoria to 1901
Edward VII - 1901 to 1910
George V - 1910 to 1936
Edward VIII - 1936
George VI - 1936 to 1952
Elizabeth II - 1952

France Frith Postcards

Dating Frith's postcards to 1940

Numbers up to No. 18520 were taken prior to 1886

From then, thestarting number for each year is as follows:

 

18521 1886 51142 1904 71721 1922
19500 1887 53180 1905 73333 1923
20475 1888 55341? 1906 75416 1924
21450 1889 57201 1907 76667 1925
22421 1890 59460 1908 79014 1926
28140 1891 61298 1909 79313 1927
29865 1892 62187 1910 80652 1928
31590 1893 63077 1911 81599 1929
33315 1894 64058 1912 82990 1930
35040 1895 65149 1913 83725 1931
37121 1896 66516 1914 84911 1932
38962 1897 67714 1915 85424 1933
40804 1898 67868 1916 86015 1934
42852 1899 67894 1917 86471 1935
44900 1900 68020 1918 87164 1936
46320 1901 68796 1919 87845 1937
48082 1902 69357 1920 88252 1938
49125 1903 69918 1921 88855 1939
    88958 1940

 

Source: Roger Blake, Beacon Hill

 

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