The actual picture is small – 2.25″ x 2.5″ and very faded. I believe the stern man is a police officer, since he’s holding a Colt Police Positive, popular in the 1940s.
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This is a railroad post office franked postcard. The mark reads “BRISTOL & CHATTANOOGA TR 4 JUL 11 1917 R.P.O.”
It was printed by Curt Teich of Chicago and published by The Novelty Store in Morristown.
If this is looking west, then the old Kingmyer Hotel is up there somewhere on the right.
Oh, and I hope Miss Sarah Stonecypher of Limestone knew who “Guess Who?” was…
I can’t tell you who this stylish couple is. I can’t tell you where they lived, but I can tell you when the photos were taken, within a 4-year period – 1903 to 1907.
The paper these real photo post cards are printed on is an Ansco product called Cyko. The process of the printing is chlorobromide, yielding a warm brown tone. Cyko came on the market in 1903 and the undivided-back era ended in 1907, when the Universal Postal Conference agreed to allow a message area on the left side of the back, not just the address. There’s probably a little slippage on the end date, since, as far as I can tell, the U.S. Post Office didn’t ban these backs, just let them fall out of favor.
The blank area to the right of each picture was there for a message of some sort. These are either one-offs or part of a very limited edition.
This linen finish card was printed in 1950 by Curt Teich in Chicago. It was published by Bristol News Agency, Bristol Tenn. And that’s a lot of gassy prose on the back. Compare:
This card was published ten or so years later. It’s a modern chrome postcard printed by Haynes of Roanoke. While much terser, the wording the back is more atmospheric. The top one is a paragraph from a text book – this one is a clever sell piece. I don’t know how “mysterious” the cavern is, but the adjective gets the mood across.