History of western postcards

In my previous blog, "Handwritten Ajiwai," I talked about what I felt about the differences between Japanese and Western postcards . I recently got more information about it. https://worldpostcardday.com/history

According to this, in the postcard history of 19th century Europe, postcards in the early days had only an address on one side and a message on the other. The delivery address is considered to be the highest priority. In the 1880s , small sketches and illustrations (called vignettes ) began to appear on the message side. Photographs began to be used in the 90 's, and in the 20th century ( 1902 ) the British post office allowed half of the address to be used for messages. As a result, the pattern on one side can be made 100 %.

This is considered to be the standard postcard in Europe and the United States today. From this flow, we can imagine the Western way of thinking that gives top priority to patterns.

Furthermore, it seems that one of the reasons for the difference between whether letters and pictures are fused or not is that the alphabet is a phonetic character and the Chinese character is an ideographic character. I think the ideographic characters that can read the meaning were more compatible with the picture than the phonetic characters for speaking.

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  • 文化の違いから、はがきにも違いが見られるのが面白いですね。


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