ILLINOIS Chicago Rock Island Lake Shore RR Railroad 1908 postcard IL

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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 02, 2013
  • Channel: Auction House
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This is a vintage post card, postally used, postmarked 1908

Post card shows a view of, CHICAGO ROCK ISLAND & LAKE SHORE RAILROAD DEPOT, IL RI & LS RR

Card publisher THE AMERICAN NEWS COMPANY for THE WESTERN NEWS COMPANY, CHICAGO

The overall condition is very good or better, always check corners and edges for possible wear (see scan). As grading is subjective, please look at scan for faults/defects. A postally unused card may have writing on the reverse

The Golden Age of postcards, marked by the "divided back", began on March 1, 1907 with the enactment of a new law by Congress. This law, made it legal to pen a message on the reverse side of a postcard. The address was to be written on the right side of the reverse while the left side was reserved for writing messages. With the passage of this new law, the postcard hobby became a public addiction in America. Publishers printed millions of cards in this era, most being printed in Germany, the world leader in lithographic processes at the time.

At the height of this country wide mania, WWI began and it brought with it, a crash in the hobby as the supply of postcards from Germany came to an end. English and U.S. publishers seized the opportunity to fill the gap with their products, many of which were of lower quality. The loss
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