Dating divided back postcards

The use of 'Picture Postcards' was first sanctioned by the British Postal Authorities on 1st September 1894.

The collar tabs were constructed from a satin rayon with a single gray metal gull, machine sewn to the collar with yellow cotton thread.

The yellow wool piped shoulder straps are constructed from the same wool as the tunic, and were machine sewn into the shoulder seams at the time of construction. TURCK ww LDENSCHEID" on the reverse, while the 2 smaller shoulder strap buttons are stamped "EXTRA FEIN".

The breast eagle was machine embroidered in silver gray thread, and was zig-zag machine sewn over the right external breast pocket with the swastika coming down onto the pocket flap...a characteristic quite common for Luftwaffe service tunics.

The single rank chevron was hand stitched to the upper left sleeve, as was the Iron Cross ribbon which was sewn into the 2nd button hole from the top with black cotton thread.

½d 1900 - 1901 Blue-Green Quenn Victoria died on 22 January 1901 Great Britain was the first country to sanction the use of the divided back postcard in 1902. The divided back allowed for one side of the card to be used for both the address and a message seperated by a central line.

The other side could be a complete picture (or photograph) Prior to this (undivided back) cards were in use which allowed for address only on one side and a brief greeting on the picture side.

It is of course possible to find undivided back cards used after 1902 and divided back cards used with older (pre 1902) stamps Stamps for King Edwards reign were issued on 1st January 1902.

The inland postage rate for postcards was ½d (halfpenny) throughout this period.

½d 1st January 1902 - 25th November 1904 Blue-Green 1/2d Yellow Green issued 26th November 1904 Edward VII died on 6th May 1910 The George V 'Downey Head' stamps were issued on 22nd June 1911 (Coronation Day).

Named after the photograph taken of the King by W & D Downey.

Schl." (Flieger Schule) clearly stamped below in large text.