Firing From Skirmish Line, photo © Underwood & Underwood, N.Y.
A One Cent (Two Cent Foreign)
War is not all fighting, but it probably is not often that these boys get a chance to be around really enjoying life as they are here. And it’s probably a good thing for them that they don’t, for minds will turn to “the girl I left behind me,” and there are expressions in the faces of even this merry crew to lead one to believe that their thoughts are far away from the gleam of the campfire and the acrid scent of burning gunpowder. The wash drying on the line in the background lends a touch of domesticity to an otherwise martical scene.
Photo © Underwood and Underwood
No. 23 Published by American Colortype Co., Chicago
Dating postcards from 1893 through the 1900s
- 1893-1898: Pioneer era: Undivided backs
- 1901-1907: “Post Card” imprint and undivided backs for address only with message on front
- Private Mail Card era: The government gave permission to private printers to sell post cards
- 1907-1915: Address and message on back with – generally –no white border
- 1915-1930: White border – Imports from Germany had stopped by this time, and the new U.S. cards had a lesser print quality