Some of the terms used to describe postcards by picture
Applique - A term used to describe a postcard which has
some form of cloth, metal or other embelishment attached to it.
Art Deco - Artistic style of the 1920s, recognisable by its
symmetrical designs and straight lines.
Art Nouveau - Artistic style of the turn of the century,
characterised by flowing lines and flowery symbols, yet often depicting
impressionist more than representational art.
Bas Relief - Postcards with a heavily raised surface, giving
a papier-mache appearance.
Composites - A number of individual cards, that when placed
together in a group, form a larger picture.
Court Cards - The official size for British postcards
between 1894-1899, measuring 115mm x 89mm.
Divided Back - Postcards with a back divided into two
sections, one for the message, the other for the address. British cards
were first divided in 1902 and American cards in 1907.
Early - A term loosely used to describe any card issued
before the Divided Back was introduced.
Embossed - Postcards with a raised surface.
Hold-to-Light- Picture postcards often of
a night time scene with cut out areas to show the light.
Intermediate Size - The link between Court Cards and
Standard Size, measuring 130mm x 80mm.
Kaleodoscopes - Postcards with a rotating wheel that reveals
a myriad of colours when turned.
Midget Postcards - Novelty cards of the size 90mm x 70mm.
Novelty - Any postcard which deviates in any way from the
norm. Cards which do something, or have articles attached to them, or are
printed in an unusual size or on strange materials. An example is cards
made of leather
Oilette - A trade name used by Raphael Tuck to describe
postcards reproduced from original paintings.
Real Photographic - Abbreviated to 'RP'. Used to describe
postcards produced by a photographic rather than a printing process.
Reward Cards - Cards that were given away to school children
for good work.
Standard Size - Introduced in Britain in November 1899,
measuring 140mm x
Topographical - A term used to describe postcards showing
street scenes and general views.
Undivided Back - Describes postcards with a plain back where
all of this space was used for the address. This is a term often used to
describe Early cards, although undivided were still in common use
up until 1907.
Vignette - Usually found on undivided back cards, consisting
of a design which does not occupy the whole of the picture side. Vignettes
may be anything from a small sketch in one corner of the card, to a design
cover three quarters of the card. The purpose is to leave some space for
the message to be written, as the entire reverse of the card could only be
used for the address.
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