Updated 16 Nov 2005

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Postcard dating

United Kingdom postcards can be roughly dated from their FORMAT. Many old postcards were never posted. If they were, the posting date may be shown on the FRANK. If this is unreadable, the STAMP (if any) indicates the approximate year. Below are rules-of-thumb on dating PCs. Most of this info was gleaned from two excellent web pages, which are on: PC stamps and PC history


1870 First (plain) PC
1894 First (picture) PC
1895 Court Card 4¾" x 3½"
1899 Standard size, message on front
1902 Divided backs, message on back
1926 Maximum & minimum sizes fixed


1890-1900 Victoria, ½d, vermillion
1900-1901 Victoria, ½d, blue-green
1902-1904 Edward 7, ½d, blue-green
1904-1910 Edward 7, ½d, yellow-green
1911-1912 George 5, ½d, green (¾ head)
1912-1918 George 5, ½d, green
1918-1921 George 5, 1d, red
1921-1922 George 5, 1½d, red
1922-1934 George 5, 1d, red
1934-1936 George 5, 1d, red

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