Which is the Front, and which is the Back?

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Which is the Front, and which is the Back?

Post by BobG » Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:31 am

Hi everyone. a bone of contention, perhaps. Which side of a postcard do members consider to be the Front, and which side do they consider to be the Back? Wikipedia seems to suggest that the side with the address, irrespective of whether it is shows a divided ‘back’ or not is indeed the back, and that the side which has the photo or is blank for a larger message is the front. I would personally opt for this.

On the other hand, I’ve got a card here that has a ‘divided back’ that states, on that side: “This space, as well as the Back [note the capital ‘B’], may be used for Communication.” (Opposite it states: “The Address ONLY to be written here.”). This clearly suggests the ‘back’ is the side over from the address/message side. Incidentally, there isn’t any room on the other side, as it has a photo, albeit with a white border.

I'm new to postcard collecting, I hasten to add!

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Re: Which is the Front, and which is the Back?

Post by eastlondonpostcard » Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:17 pm

A good question! Again no easy answer as opinion will vary... is it simply down to whether you regard the 'picture' side of the Post Card or the address/message side as more relevant or important... however, I believe that most people would regard the 'picture' side of the card as the front and the address/message side as the back. Commonly in France they place the stamp on the picture side; therefore regarding this as the 'back' - maybe?

Many dealers might add 'wtf' - written on front - in their descriptions of their sales, meaning there is writing on the picture side - and in doing so inferring that the 'back' is the address/stamp side... hmmm... does that make it true?

There is no real rule to apply here, just what has been taken for granted; viz: 'picture' is the front 'address/stamp' is the back. You decide!

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Re: Which is the Front, and which is the Back?

Post by AshleyK » Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:43 am

" Commonly in France they place the stamp on the picture side"

I must say you surprised me with this! Also it made me realize that I have never received a postcard from France, what a shame. Do you perhaps know why? Why put a stamp on the front. By the way, here is my clear stance on the matter, front is the picture side and back in the message side.
Do you know of any other countries that have such an original way of stamp placing?
And now excuse me I am going to look for pen pals in France!

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Re: Which is the Front, and which is the Back?

Post by kevinramsdale » Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:57 pm

" Commonly in France they place the stamp on the picture side"

They certainly did that a lot in the Edwardian era - but I don't think they have in more recent times, I can't recall seeing a "modern" postcard with the stamp on the front?
Kevin

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