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Guide to the Dale E. Jenkins Collection of Manhattan Restaurant Postcards
circa 1901–1950s
 PR 337

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta, August 2017

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 26, 2018 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Historical Note

Between 24 December 1901 and 1 March 1907, the United States Postal Service regulated where a sender could write on a picture postcard: the message was to go on the front (image) side of the card, with the recipient’s address on back. Postcards printed after 1 March 1907 generally have divided backs (with a vertical line down the middle) to accommodate both message and address. Thus, it is possible to estimate the age of cards that have not been postmarked by remembering that undivided backs were made before 1 March 1907.

Many of the Manhattan restaurant postcards in the Dale E. Jenkins Collection date from the “linen” era, 1931–1959. So-called linen postcards were produced on inexpensive card stock with a finish that resembled linen fabric. They are easily recognizable by their texture and bright colors.