Today I have a treat for you: a whole bunch of blank postcards. Like, a lot of them. I could have split them across multiple blog posts, but I thought… no. No, I don’t think I will. I’m gonna make the site work EXTRA HARD, while giving you lots of things to look at. Pieces like this are excellent for making your own postcards, or even for texture and layering in your projects. Collage, anyone?
Here we have a postcard back by Bamforth & Co. in England. What I like most about this is how clean it is—the card is easy to identify, there are clear markings stating who published it and where, and the branding is elegant.
It’s likely you’ve seen P-C Paris cards around before. If you spend any amount of time researching postcards or even just collecting them, you're going to run into a lot of French pieces—and in this one, the layout is quite simple, too. Lots of writing room, and we immediately know who made it.
Since this postcard was produced as part of a Valentine's Day line, the ink used is in red, and it's a nice example of the use of unique typefaces in print.
Believe it or not, Toronto had a lot of postcard-makers and general printing companies, many of which you won’t find information about unless you’re able to dig in places where I can’t. PECO, a.k.a. The Photogelatine Engraving Co., started off in Ottawa, opened a Toronto office, and then moved all operations to Toronto starting in 1947. The company closed in 1954. If you’re interested in the history of Canadian postcard companies, I suggest perusing the site for the Toronto Postcard Club… which I desperately need to sit down and scour. So cool.
But, alas, you’re not here for my history nerding, eh? Note the differing textures on this card.
Another PECO card, this one from their Ottawa offices! Look at the the maple leaf logo.
The above postcard is easy to reproduce for when you make your own.
Blue ink is a nice change of pace from black. My favourite part of this image is the way the words "Post Card" were written—the heading looks striking in this colour.
It’s easy to tell what the subject matter was for the front of this postcard. That said, this is one of the fanciest crests I have ever seen—German pieces tend to have excellent ornamentation.
Fancy, fancy headers on the above three postcards. The crossed plants! Hand-drawn logos! Oh, what joy. There are few things more satisfying than well-drawn ornaments on postcards.
Not quite certain what the difference is between “private post card” and “post card”, but… that's okay! The I love the title text of the final card. Overall, printing with brown ink has this warmth to it that isn’t usually present.
Despite its simplicity, this postcard back is really interesting because of the decorated edge. I love decorated edges like this.
There you have it! 16 blank postcards for you to use. So, what are you going to make, or what have you made? Tell me in the comments!