They were designed and printed on the backs to be mailed, often having handwritten letters, addresses and postage stamps on the back.
Real photo postcards with baseball subjects are popularly collected by vintage baseball card and memorabilia collectors, and prime examples of famous players and teams can fetch big bucks at auction.
The card had the address on one side and a message on the other, but no picture.
Most were the equivalent of family photographs intended to be given to relatives and friends or to be put in the family album.
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These will show standard family poses, including little Jimmy in his school uniform, the family picnicking, a wedding photo.
Some real photo postcards were used for advertising or sold to the public at stores.
Deltiology, the hobby of collecting vintage postcards, is one of the fastest-growing collectibles hobbies.
Old postcard collections interest collectors of antiques, memorabilia and ephemera; collectables such as old vintage postcards are used by museums and historians to document what was.
This is be followed by more detailed listings for some countries - Great Britain, the United States of America and France.
1869, 1 October: the first postcard, a pre-printed correspondence card, was sent through the public postal service in Austria.