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:
Pioneer era postcard, published between 1893 and 1898.
Private Mailing Card, published between 1898 and 1901.
Undivided Back postcard, published between 1901 and 1907.
Divided Back postcard, typically published between 1907 and
White Border postcard, typically published between 1915 and
Linen, or Linen-era, postcard, typically published between 1930
Vintage Chrome postcard, typically published between 1939 and
Modern Chrome postcard.
Postmark, postcard has been mailed. If PM is followed by a
year, that is the date of the postmark.
Unmailed (or unused). Postcard has not been mailed.
Writing on Back.
Writing on Front.
My best guess. Usually accompanied by a date. (Sometimes replaced by "c." or "ca.")
A number followed by 'X' indicates the number of postcards in a
small lot (2X, 3X, etc.).
See description for important information.
Birds-Eye (panoramic) View.
Multiview (several views on a single postcard)
Non-postcard back (often blank).
Original photograph, not a postcard.
Printed Photo. (Do not confuse these with RPPCs.
These are not developed as photographs.)
Real Photo postcard.