At the turn of the last century, the photographic postcard became a new and inexpensive means of communicating. Photographers could print their own photographs on special postcard-sized paper, write a short message on the other side, and send it through the post.
Photo by Mike Yoder
Postcard reads "Will write for a few lines in a short time now. Just this to show you how I am looking and that we are all well. Snow all gone in the valley and buttercups in blossom. .W.A.D."