Got a Main Street, USA postcard that pictures late 30s cars and has a 1939 postmark? For the millions of postcards in existence that are not so easily age-defined, we consult the painstaking research of experts in the field. Included are those references we consult most often. Curt Teich Postcards Compliments of the Curt Teich Archives at the Lake County Museum ©1994, The Lake County Museum The first series of cards printed by the Teich company used numbers only and ranged from 1— 14989.
Listed below is a portion of the knowledge base that exists to help in dating old postcards. The production dates were not recorded by the company at this time, but from copyright dates found on some of the cards, it has been determined that these cards were produced between 19.
It is believed that in some cases the same view was ordered from the Teich Company by another customer, and the card was printed with 'A' or 'R' preceding the number.
A small number of cards also filed with this series begin with 'BS', 'DT', 'RG' and 'RT'.
The next card series began with either "A" or "R"* and were numbered from 1—124180.
A small number of cards also filed with this series begin with "BS," "DT," "RG," and "RT." After approximately 1924, the "A" or "R" may not appear on the card at all.
(This is mainly found with the very early Teich postcards and with V.0.
Hammon postcards.) *There are a few hundred cards ordered by the Woolworth company that begin with a "W" instead of the more typical "A" or "R".
The card had the address on one side and a message on the other, but no picture.
Before this, there were advertising cards that were often hand-delivered.