I listed a very cute, real photo kitten postcard by the Rotograph Co. tonight. Wanting an accurate description, I set off on a quest for clues that proved this was a real photo postcard (printing process notation in stamp box, photographer’s mark on a front corner, words on back stating it was a real photo postcard, etc). I found none of the usual clues.
I was still sure this was a real photo postcard. It had the silvery hue around a couple edges typical of photos. I again set off on my quest, more determined to find proof of this postcard’s real photo status. I next researched the Rotograph Company knowing their lettered series were clearly defined as to what each series included; this one was numbered B825. I found a great resource about postcard publishers on the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York’s website. According to this resource, the Rotograph’s (B) series, a sub-series, consisted of real photo cards on bromide paper. My quest was successful. I had found my proof. I could honestly say the kitten postcard was a real photo postcard.
(I like the kitten in front just barely peaking out.)
**You can find many more real photo postcards in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.
**If you like this post and want to share it, click on the bookmark button to the right.