Cards with messages had been sporadically created and posted by individuals since the beginning of postal services.The earliest known picture postcard was a hand-painted design on card, posted in Fulham in London to the writer Theodore Hook in 1840 bearing a penny black stamp.A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. There are novelty exceptions, such as wood postcards, made of thin wood, and copper postcards sold in the Copper Country of the U. state of Michigan, and coconut "postcards" from tropical islands.In some places, one can send a postcard for a lower fee than for a letter.Conlie was a training camp for soldiers in the Franco-Prussian war. Cards showing images increased in number during the 1880s.The cards had a lithographed design printed on them containing emblematic images of piles of armaments on either side of a scroll topped by the arms of the Duchy of Brittany and the inscription "War of 1870. Images of the newly built Eiffel Tower in 18 gave impetus to the postcard, leading to the so-called "golden age" of the picture postcard in years following the mid-1890s.Early postcards often showcased photography of nude women.
Stamp collectors distinguish between postcards (which require a stamp) and postal cards (which have the postage pre-printed on them).While a postcard is usually printed by a private company, individual or organization, a postal card is issued by the relevant postal authority.