This routine proved tiresome for many postal employees who simply left out the date.
At other times pieces of type were lost and never replaced.
In some places, one can send a postcard for a lower fee than for a letter.
Before this system was automated in 1963 the rubber hand stamps these cards were cancelled with had rotating parts or interchangeable pieces so that the date could be changed on a daily basis.The postcard -- an open card that could be used to send a short message, at a concessionary postal rate -- was first introduced in Austria-Hungary in 1869.The British Post Office adopted the idea the following year at the same time as the introduction of the halfpenny book post.The publisher of this card is not known, but the instructions have all been put on the address side - maximising the areas for the message. The picture and coat of arms were used in an earlier undivided back card (q.v.).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.