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Windows Into The Past Postcards

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Titles & Abbreviations

For most of the postcards we offer, all the important information about the card is included in the title.  We use abbreviations (many conventional, some idiosyncratic) to pack as much information as possible into the 55 characters eBay allows.  A list of frequent abbreviations follows:

Postcard Era

PNR
  Pioneer era postcard, published between 1893 and 1898.

PMC
 Private Mailing Card, published between 1898 and 1901.

UDB
  Undivided Back postcard, published between 1901 and 1907.

DB
  Divided Back postcard, typically published between 1907 and 1915.


WB
  White Border postcard, typically published between 1915 and 1930.

LN
  Linen, or Linen-era, postcard, typically published between 1930 and 1945.

VC
  Vintage Chrome postcard, typically published between 1939 and 1979.

MC
  Modern Chrome postcard.



Condition

PM
  Postmark, postcard has been mailed.  If PM is followed by a year, that is the date of the postmark.


UN
  Unmailed (or unused).  Postcard has not been mailed.


WoB
  Writing on Back.

WoF
  Writing on Front.


Other Abbreviations

~
  My best guess.  Usually accompanied by a date.  (Sometimes replaced by "c." or "ca.")

#X
  A number followed by 'X' indicates the number of postcards in a small lot (2X, 3X, etc.).

*
  See description for important information.

BEV
  Birds-Eye (panoramic) View.

H-C
  Hand-Colored.

M/V
  Multiview (several views on a single postcard)

NPB
  Non-postcard back (often blank).

PHOTO
  Original photograph, not a postcard.

PP
  Printed Photo.  (Do not confuse these with RPPCs.  These are not developed as photographs.)

RPPC
  Real Photo postcard.


 


 

 



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