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Posted 03/13/2019   01:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add hermanwilliams to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello. I found this group by accident and am glad I did. I inherited a small collection of antique/vintage postcards, maybe 100 or so. I say antique because many appear to be pre-1920. Im particularly interested in these in the pics. They have no marks so I don't know how to research them. I'm hoping you would be kind enough to share some information with me. I think there are about 23 of these in the photo.
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Posted 03/13/2019   02:57 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hello, and welcome. It's not possible to see much from your photo. Could you take clear close-ups of some of the individual cards, or, better still, scan them?
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Posted 03/13/2019   08:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wkusau to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Individual photo/scans would be much better.
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Posted 03/13/2019   09:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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... They have no marks so I don't know how to research them ...


Which makes them sound a little more like photographs than post cards unless, of course, you are thinking that some of the marks do not matter.

For example, do you think that they are post cards because there is a 'stamp box' on the back? If so, get happy, stamp boxes can tell you a bit about about your post cards.

Q/ So what's on the backs?

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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Posted 03/13/2019   09:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modernstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
More photos please.
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Posted 03/13/2019   4:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My initial thought was they looked more like stereographs. Without some larger pictures, especially of the back, we won't be able to tell.
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Posted 03/13/2019   5:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hermanwilliams to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ok. Sorry for the delay getting these uploaded in better quality. I'm handicapped in technology right now so it took me a min. These four pics are a pretty good representation of the group. I misspoke when I said no markings. There are a couple of lines on the back and some have the stamp box. Anyway...hopefully they uploaded. Thanks in advance yall.






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Posted 03/13/2019   5:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Johan Buvelot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My best guess would be World War 1 era. The tiny picture also seems to show trenches, barb wire etc
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Posted 03/13/2019   5:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hermanwilliams to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm pretty sure WWI. Many of the pics are of barb wire and trenches. A few with soldiers. Bomb shelter openings. What appears to be barracks. Leveled forests. Destroyed buildings and homes. etc.
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Posted 03/13/2019   5:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hermanwilliams to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Even one of what appears to be mass graves with make shift crosses at the head of each.
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Posted 03/13/2019   6:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is kind of odd that these were designed to be mailed, but there is no indication of who printed/sold them and what the photographs represent. Also, there are no humans (that I can see) in any of the photos.
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Posted 03/13/2019   6:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hermanwilliams to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"It is kind of odd that these were designed to be mailed, but there is no indication of who printed/sold them and what the photographs represent. Also, there are no humans (that I can see) in any of the photos."

Only one of the cards has people in it (soldiers).
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Posted 03/13/2019   7:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These real photo postcards were made by someone who didn't have the correct size film to fit the photo paper that was made for making photos into postcards. With the number 38, that suggests a commercial negative. However, because the two shown are crookedly placed, this looks like the work of an amateur photographer/developer. With the margins showing edge shadows as well, these are probably contact prints (negative the same size as print).

So these are scarcer than commercially made real photo postcards, possibly unique. But you have to have very interesting subjects and identification (if possible) to have much value.
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Posted 03/13/2019   9:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hermanwilliams to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
So what do you do with these? Find a historian that can identify the sites? A WWI historian? Take them to a college history professor? The army/navy surplus store? \_(#12484;)_/
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Posted 03/13/2019   11:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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... It is kind of odd that these were designed to be mailed ...


Plenty of photographers roamed France & Belgium with Real Photo cameras; often, they took pictures of soldiers to sell to the soldiers but, when that wasn't possible, it makes perfect sense that they would try taking documentary photographs to sell later on.

What would be less likely is that the photographer would carry two large, heavy cameras, one for the 'instant' Real Photo trade, and one for history.

If you've got some larger (5x7) contact prints of well-composed documentary photographs, make an effort to see if they are the work of Lewis Hine, who toured post-war Europe (France, Italy, Balkans) to document conditions for the American Red Cross.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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Posted 03/14/2019   12:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hermanwilliams to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks ikeyPikey.
That is appreciated.
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