Whaling Museum Postcard sperm whales off the island of Hawaii

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Description and text from backside of post card

A Shoal of Sperm Whales off the island of Hawaii in 1833

Historical Post Card U.S. View

Text on back:

Whaling Museum; 18 Johnny Cake Hill; New Bedford, Mass.

A Shoal of Sperm Whales off the island of Hawaii in 1833

(bottom left corner has a "K" in a diamond) 60521

Published by the Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Mass.

Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

Glossy finish:

Pre-1917

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
Whaling museum card back