There is some confusion on what Real Photo Postcards (RPPC) are, and how to differentiate from a printed postcard.Real Photo Postcards are photographs that are reproduced by actually developing them onto photographic paper the size and weight of Postcards, with a Postcard back.There are many Postcards that reproduce photos by various printing methods that are NOT "real photos"..same methods used when reproducing photos in magazines and newspapers.The best way to tell the difference is to look at the Postcard with a magnifying glass.Many postcards were made just to be sent to relatives and friends. Some were more involved showing a vignette of a holiday scene with children at the Christmas tree and with a new present. The other postcard shows a formal military procession. This wonderful photo shows three little girls & two little boys. One of the little girls is sitting in the airplane.
Vintage and antique photographs of children with toys can be found also in our pages on Cabinet Cards, Carte de Visites, and Photos showing dolls and toys. Next to him sits a large composition doll propped up by a toy truck. Early twentieth century black and white postally unused postcard that shows a well dressed young boy and a wooden toy airplane on the table next to him. Over the doll on a table is a Lehmann tin toy automobile. The post card has a non-divided back & a "place one cent stamp here" stamp box. There is one small brown spot above the Lehmann toy. The photo is marked by the photographer in the negative at the lower right corner "No. The photo is of an outdoor scene from Easton, Pennsylvania which shows 10 lodge members standing in a float. The photo is of an outdoor scene from Middletown, Pennsylvania which shows the wreckage of the Y. This real photo postcard is from a group of ten different real photo postcards that we recently found showing cowgirls, cowboys, & Indians that all appear to be from a wild west show. In the photo accompanying this listing you can see a diagonal line. But, possibly New Orleans as the architecture looks appropriate for Louisiana. Original RPPC (real photo post card) showing three people sitting on horses.Click here for our Links page which has the Playle's link and many other helpful reference links on antique and vintage photography. The pedal car has an oval "American" name tag on the front. The card was never addressed & it was never mailed. At the left edge of the photo below the table top is a teddy bear wearing a dress which is facing away from the camera. post office The photo is marked by the photographer in the negative at the lower right corner "No. The photo is of an outdoor scene from Easton, Pennsylvania which shows 14 lodge members, an American flag, & a man looking out of the post office window. There is a 1/2" area on the left side of the photo where a finger touched the surface causing the fingerprint spot to have a mat finish rather than the glossy finish as present on the rest of the photo. Otherwise, the card is in excellent condition just like it turned up in a Pennsylvania estate. There is a brown circle on the front from where a glass once sat on the card.Occasional fakes of highly collectible subjects turn up and can be spotted by a close examination of the address side of the card where dust shadows have been printed rather than acquired from age. This is an original real photo postcard of a family outside. Original RPPC (real photo post card) showing a young kid with a very large tin toy train engine. The card was never addressed & it was never mailed. One hand of the girl is supporting a doll that sits in a wooden homemade tiller type automobile with a bell on the front. This looks like it occurred in the making of the card just before it dried & is probably the fingerprint of the photographer. The card is in fresh near mint unused condition just like it turned up in a Pennsylvania estate. This is an original real photo postcard of the Middletown Fire Apr 9, 1910 which took place in Middletown, Pennsylvania. The back is slightly soiled & has been addressed but not mailed. Original RPPC (real photo post card) showing the J. In the circle there is a minute 1/16" diameter indentation in the paper. This is an original real photo postcard of a parade.Dating of the postcards can be done from the style of the address side of the card and from the style of the stamp box. Original RPPC (real photo post card) showing a little girl surrounded by her toys. In the foreground is another soldier with a bayonet and men in formal elaborate military garb who are walking up stairs. There are a few minute insignificant flaws at the left border. Naftzinger Funeral Director and Embalmer Furniture and Rugs Centerport, Pa. There is some wear & rounding at the corners & a little wear along the edges.has an excellent guide to identifying and dating vintage Real Photo Postcards from the design of the stamp boxes on the card. There are two tiny creases at the bottom left corner tip. Original RPPC (real photo post card) showing a girl with curls in an "American" toy pedal car. The back has an AZO stamp box with the two top triangles pointing up & the two bottom triangles pointing down. There is a minor bend at the top left corner tip that does not break the surface. On the left side is a doll laying on a hammock hanging over a table full of toy china dishes. The card is in fresh excellent/near mint unused condition just like it turned up in a Pennsylvania estate. This is an original real photo postcard of lodge members standing in front of the Easton, Pa. There is a tiny crease 1/8" in from the top left corner. There is a 7/16" tear at the left border & a 1/16" tear at the right border. There are five tiny pinpoint size ink spots on the buildings.Postcards with black and white photographic images were popular beginning in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. (Measurements may vary by 1/16 inch.) The condition of the postcards is shown in the accompanying photographs.