Dating old letter cards
One of the main attractions of the Postcard Collecting hobby is that the subject is so vast that you can gain expertise in your favourite category in a short space of time.
Even relative beginners are capable of discovering extremely rare cards in their own chosen specialised field.
Cards from pre 1902, often distinguishable by the lack of a 'divided back', are certainly rarer and are worth from a few pounds upwards but are not eagerly sought after by todays collectors, who in general are more interested in the picture content.
Postally used cards from the early postcard years (1894 onwards) are quite collectable however.
) still be used after being superceded by later issues and equally 'old' postcards could be sent using more recent stamps.
Here the value of a card is in direct proportion to its scarcity: city centre scenes can be worth pence, while village views, of which only a few copies were originally published by a local photographer, rate much more highly.The inland postage rate for postcards was ½d (halfpenny) throughout this period.