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Probably the most popular form of communication at the time. One of the best books to get a picture of the volume of cards sent at the time is "Picture Postcards of the United States" By Dorothy B. Ryan.

In 1906, the magazine Postcard Dealer, showed the annual consumption of postcards of various countries.

Germany: 1,161,000,000
United States: 770,500,000
Great Britain: 734,500,000

In 1913 that amount increased to 968,000,000 in the US.

I've collected for a couple years now, though my collection is tiny compared to what others I know have. (Mine is probably up to 1,200 or 1,400, I know dealers whose personal collections can fill rooms!)

As I've collected I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Almost every subject imaginable was printed around the year 1912 on paper of excellent to questionable quality. (Linen paper was cheap then!)

I think that the two most common types that were used were the generic views (Everything from interesting city scenes to the most mundane field of cotton.) and the Greetings cards. (Best wishes, happy returns, etc.)

As I understand it there was a lot of mail recovered from the Titanic, and from that there was a whole stack of postcards. To only be able to read the messages on the back of those cards!
 
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