Friday 24 September 2010


Dear, I have quite a rush of engagements in Ryde just now.
I found the picture attractive but the reverse is what made me buy this card.

It may not be clear. It says, "This space may now be used for communication to all Countries except Japan and Spain".  I haven't seen that particular phrasing before.  Japan first allowed divided back cards on 28 March 1907.  I can't find a more precise date for the USA allowing these cards than 1907 so I have to assume it was earlier than 28 March and that this particular one was printed within that time.

So, not only a pretty card, but an interesting one too.

This is a post for Postcard Friday, which is hosted by Beth Niquette at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.


  1. What a cute postcard, and a special one, too. You are quite a prolific collector of interesting old postcards.

    Thanks for your comment about Lily the Pink. I didn't know that one of them (Scaffold) was Paul M.'s brother, and how amazing that you had a connection to the group through the family that you stayed with. I read that Scaffold had a big hit with that song in December of 1968, and that was when I was a "Foreign Exchange Student" at Trinity College, Dublin. I turned 21 there in February of 1969 and it was lots of fun. I remember dancing to "Lily the Pink" at several dances at Queens University Belfast, and at Trinity College Dublin.

  2. 'Half-penny inland
    Foreign one penny'

  3. My goodness--you're right, that is really interesting. I wonder what the story is behind that? LOVE the outside of the postcard, too!

    Happy PFF!

  4. Such a sweet card. Who knew that Spain and Japan were the last to accept divided back cards, well obviously you did, maybe I should have rephrased that opening line.

  5. I just love the outside of that card - it is so sweet! And I am learning lots about postcards from all of you. Happy PFF. Carol

  6. I never saw that message on the back either.

  7. How ever did you find this one ? it's wonderful.

  8. Thanks so much for the info, Sheila! Never knoew about this. And of course the postcard is wonderful! :)

  9. I believe the US introduced divided back cards on 1st March, 1907...gorgeous card, great history!

  10. I love the detail with her petticoat and clothing. It is crazy how much women's fashions have changed but men's fashion changes in much more subtle ways. A man could wear tha very suit today and not get too many strange looks.

  11. Thank you all for your comments and contributions!

    @Debs, 1 March 1907 gives a very precise date for the publication! Amazing really. And thank you. :)

    @Emm, you're quite right. I hadn't really looked closely at the man's clothes. I suppose the shirt collar and tie might look more dated but what you can actually see isn't too far out at all.

  12. Sheila, I've been trying to catch up on the cards I've missed. I can't believe I've gotten so behind.

    This is a sweet postcard. And I'm still not caught up!


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