First U.S. Postal Card issued (26 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)


In 1873, the Postmaster General of the United States, John Creswell, issued the first pre-stamped 'penny postcard'. The postcard had been patented by John P. Charlton in 1861.

Richert, Lucas Paul. "First U.S. Postal Card issued". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 December 2011
[, accessed 03 December 2016.]