RARE authentic vintage c1910 real photo postcard of a mule-drawn freight and passenger street trolley cars in tandem, with driver and passengers posing for the camera. Divided-back postcard was never used. The stamp box on the back has the imprint of photo paper manufacturer CYKO, which dates this photo to sometime between 1904 and 1920. The moss on the utility lines and trees suggests this was probably taken in a city or town somewhere in the southern United States. The clothing of the trolley passengers suggests that the photo was taken somewhere around 1910. Real photo horse car postcards are exceedingly rare, and the detail of passengers sitting in an open-sided car, make this a most exceptional image.
This photo produced with CYKO photo paper is a great example of "chloride prints" – silver chloride papers in a gelatin emulsion – that were much faster than traditional papers that required sunlight exposure. They became known as "gaslight" papers because of their ability to be exposed indoors under gaslight. Silver chloride photo paper produced a good tonal range with high detail. They were often toned a warm brown to avoid their natural red to purplish brown color. These papers were sold in heavy weights with pre-printed backs specifically used for real photo postcards. The emulsion on these papers were generally applied to paper with Baryta sizing, which was only available from Germany until Kodak began to manufacture it in 1906.
CONDITION: This standard-size unused semi-glossy real photo postcard is in great condition, with no tears or bends, and little if any soiling. Corners are very good, with almost no rounding.
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