hile a cancel on a postcard should provide it with definitive dating, at least to when it was sent, many postmarks are smudged well beyond readability.
This routine proved tiresome for many postal employees who simply left out the date.
At other times pieces of type were lost and never replaced.
Initially this change did not apply to postcards sent overseas, and postcards printed at this time carry a suitable warning message. Price & Son, The Library, Ware, and shows a feature that appears on some of the earlier divided back cards of the address space being bigger than the message space.
This was posted in 1906 but may well have been printed any time after January 1902. is an early divided back card, which contains another clue about age - and the C W Faulkner only became a limited company in 1905.
Initially the only permissible cards were the pre-stamped postal stationery sold by the Post Office, but stamped to order postal stationery cards were allowed from 1872, and ordinary cards franked with adhesives from 1st September 1894 provided that they were of similar dimensions to the official cards (the allowable dimensions are given below).