Because the negatives were large (often postcard size), these images are extremely clear. Photochrome postcards (or "Chrome") appeared in the US around 1939 and in Japan after the end of WWII.
There are even reports of people who died in fights. After the war ended, postcards became less popular among Japanese, but the boom was kept alive by the increasing number of foreign tourists.
Because the souvenir postcards that they bought were sent back home, they were able to survive the fires, earthquakes and war that destroyed so much of Japan during the 20th century. There are several ways to date a vintage card: through its postmark, the stamp used, the use of a dividing line and the type of printing used.
There is some confusion on what Real Photo Postcards (RPPC) are, and how to differentiate from a printed postcard.
Real Photo Postcards are photographs that are reproduced by actually developing them onto photographic paper the size and weight of Postcards, with a Postcard back.
There are many Postcards that reproduce photos by various printing methods that are NOT "real photos"..same methods used when reproducing photos in magazines and newspapers.
The best way to tell the difference is to look at the Postcard with a magnifying glass.
If the photo is printed, you will see that it is made up of a lot of little dots, the same as a photo printed in a newspaper.
, but designed to be mailed and have letters written on the back.
Keywords: arts_entertainment culture_news * * * Hi Kjeld. Great stuff, especially all the Japan News and Old Postcard pages. Enami and enjoyed your essay in Terry Bennett's book. I thought I had also seen a site of your photography work on Okinawa, but I can't find it anymore... Incidentally, I am in the process of making a photoblog for vintage photographs of Japan. In it, Satow records the history of the critical years of social and political upheaval that accompanied Japan's first encounters with the West around the time of the Meiji Restoration.
Like you, I also enjoy the old images of Japan, and have collected my share of them over the years. I previously also found your name in Nipponia and on sites like Mikio Inose's Meiji Taisho.net, George Baxley's baxleystamps.com, Philbert Ono's photojpn.org,
If the postcard has a stamp box, click on one of stamp box links below.