A Brief History of the Picture Postcard
This allowed senders to put the address and the message on the same side of the card. Previously only the address and postal information was allowed on the address side, and any illustration had to share space with the message on the other side. The first known printed picture postcard, with an image on one side, was created in France in 1870 at Camp Conlie by Léon Besnardeau (1829–1914). Conlie was a training camp for soldiers in the Franco-Prussian war. They had a lithographed design printed on them containing emblematic images of piles of armaments on either side of a scroll topped by the arms of the Duchy of Brittany and the inscription "War of 1870. Camp Conlie. Souvenir of the National Defence. Army of Brittany". While these are certainly the first known picture postcards, there was no space for stamps and no evidence that they were ever posted without envelopes. In the following year the first known picture postcard in which the image functioned as a souvenir was sent from Vienna. The first advertising card appeared in 1872 in Great Britain and the first German card appeared in 1874. Cards showing images increased in number during the 1880s. Images of the newly built Eiffel Tower in 1889 and 1890 gave impetus to the postcard. Between 1902 and 1914 was probably the Golden Age for the postcard, a time before televisions, computers, telephones and IPads were in nearly every ones home and before cameras were commonplace, a postcard with a professionally taken photograph or an artistic illustration could be sent around the world with a "wish you were here" message for the cost of a postage stamp.