Dating postcard photographs
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If there is no stamp box, or a generic stamp box, go to Postcards Backs.
Most Real Photo Postcards, abbreviated RPPC, have information on their backs to help in identifying the manufacturer of the photographic paper that was used by the postcard publisher.
The photo was loaned to me by Ken Hawley, Isabel’s son.
The woman on the far left – giving the cameraman a look – was not part of the group.
The best way to tell the difference is to look at the Postcard with a magnifying glass.
If the photo is printed, you will see that it is made up of a lot of little dots, the same as a photo printed in a newspaper.
From about 1904, many photographers responded by producing studio portraits in the postcard format – even having the words Postcard on the back so that they could be sent through the mail to family and friends.
There we have it, a brief overview of the early years of photography covering the photographs that you are most likely to see.As well as their other work (and they also did regular postcards for sale in local shops) Wrates appear to have begun taking walking pictures in the 1920s and Skegness provided plenty of customers (thanks in part to the efforts of Billy Butlin who started with an amusement park here and a nearby holiday camp during the 1930s). The firm were numbering their negatives by hand, in this case right in the middle of the photo.Wrates opened a shop on Lumley Road, which leads down from Skegness railway station to the famous clock tower and the seaside attractions beyond. The central trio from left to right are Mrs Patchet, her daughter Edith Patchet (Isabel’s lifelong friend), and Isabel Gould.Occasionally , daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes de visite, cabinet cards and opalotypes were hand coloured.Carte de visite and cabinet portraits were also enlarged, over-painted in oils or crayon and framed. By the very late 1890s and especially by the 1900s, the topographical postcard was becoming very popular.There are others such as the early calotype and the revolutionary 1904 colour images called Autochromes but these are rather unusual.