Although the first postcards were copyrighted by John P. Charlton of Philadelphia in 1861, they rights were acquired by stationer Hyman L. Lipman. They were cards with a decorative border pattern and the words 'Lipman's Poastal Card, Patent Applied For' and remained on sale until the introduction of the first US Post Office official postcard in 1873. The first picture postcard was engraved by 21 year old Franz Rorich of Nuremberg and published in Zurich by J.H.Locher in 1872 with six small views of Zurich. Source - The New Shell Book of Firsts
Apr 29 03, 7:33 AM
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