Not all postcards have the required postage amount printed on them, so this method can only be used in instances when the postage is known.
The following list is postage for postcards mailed within the United States.
Postcard producers printed cards that followed the current trends of postcards.
Dates can be approximated by the material and design of a postcard.
Many of the postcards we have at the Archives were printed by Curt Teich & Co.
However, it is important to remember that these dates and time periods are not concrete—they are only generalizations of trends in the postcard industry.
The rate of postage for postcards has changed throughout time and can be used to find an approximate date for postcards.
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.
Our Postcard History page provides information about these general trends.
For example, a card printed on linen was most likely produced between 19.