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Saturday, August 16, 2014

10 Oversize Pictorial Postcards -- ca. 1920 -- [1]

A set of 10 large pictorial post cards published around 1920.  Most common postcards are about 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" ... these are about 6" x 7".  These cards were aimed at drumming up business for the Great Northern Railway, the most-northerly of the transcontinental routes across the USA for passenger rail service. Actually, most of the GN route is in use today by AMTRAK between Seattle and Chicago.

The cover has a big oval opening so you can view part of the first card inside. It cost 2¢ to mail this set in 1920. The price for the set of cards was 25¢. The postmark shows Malta, Montana, April, 1920.

The front of the envelope (cover), the first card inside, and the back of all cards ...

One of the interesting things about these cards:  Postage WITHOUT a message was 1¢ ... WITH message 2¢. A question to fellow card-collectors out there:  Have you seen this before?  This is a first for us.

Unusual postage.

Back of the envelope.
The small emblem on the flap says
Smith Brooks Press
Denver Colo.

More of the cards in the days ahead. Thanks for stopping by John's Island.


  1. Nice, John. No, I haven't seen anything giving a discount for sending a postcard without a message! Very interesting. :-)