Wisconsin Territory 1836
This postcard made its’ way into my collection from my grandmother. This one is definitely worth sharing, that is why I have decided to start posting some cards that have never been in circulation.

Because this is a unique postcard I have decided to do some research into the origins of postcards. Warning, this post contains some educational deliciousness.

A Brief History of Postcards

American postcards were developed by the Morgan Envelope Factory in Massachusetts in 1873. However, the United Sates Post Office (USPS) was the only group allowed to print postcards until 1898. After that the USPS prohibited private companies from using the term “postcard”, the cards printed by other organizations were known as “souvenir cards”, these cards were required to be labeled “Private Mailing Cards”. This restriction was abolished in 1901 and the term “postcard” could be used by any one.

Originally postcards were one-sided, customers were only allowed to have their correspondents on the front of the card while the address and stamp were on the back. In 1907 the postcard took on a more traditional divided-back format when the Post Office allowed citizen to write on the address side of the card.

First Day of Issue

The card above features the line “first day of issue”, this is used to designate the first day the item is authorized for use. The first day of issue postmark generally features a pictorial or text cancellation which indicates the city and date where the item was first issued, in this case it’s Mineral Point, Wisconsin on July 3, 1986.

Contemporary Postcards

The modern postcard, in all of it’s glory, appeared in the late 1930s but did not gain massive popularity until the 1950s.

There you have it, a brief history of postcards!

Thanks Grandma!

The Facts:
Card Number: 0091
Average Color: EBE2D9