PRINCE CHARLES Unposted "Real Photograph" post card, published by Tuck. Charles was born in 1948, and Tuck are described on the reverse as "Publishers to the King & Queen", so this is 1953 at the latest.
Pre-Postcard Era, 1840 - 1869 Due to government postal regulations, postcards were a long time in developing. Prior to postcards came the lithograph print, woodcuts and broadsides. The direct ancestor seems to be the envelopes printed with pictures on them. These first envelopes were produced by D. William Mulready, E.R.W. Hume, Dickey Doyle, and James Valentine. The envelopes were often printed with pictures of comics, Valentines and music. Thousands of patriotic pictures appeared on U.S. envelopes during the Civil War period of 1861-1865, these are now known as Patriotic Covers. The first postal type card in this country was a privately printed card copyrighted in 1861 by J.P. Carlton. This copyright was later transferred to H.L. Lipman. The "Lipman Postal Cards", as we now call them, were on sale until replaced in 1873 by the U.S. Government Postals. MORE ABOUT POSTCARDS. PLEASE CLICK HERE.