“C” series postcards are from the 1950s, and thus we see that the motel postcard, coded as 2C, is from 1952.Curteich date coding also sometimes appears on the fronts of postcards; in the case of this Route 70 postcard, the coding is at bottom right.Teich employed hundreds of traveling salesmen, who sold picture postcards to domestic residences, and encouraged business to create advertising postcards; these salesmen also photographed the businesses and worked with the owners to create an idealized image. The Teich family donated the archives of the company to the Lake County Discovery Museum in Illinois.In 2016 it was announced that the archives would be transferred to the Newberry Library.
You can learn more about Dating Curt Teich Postcards at the Curt Teich postcard archives of the Lake County Forest Preserves. Compiled by Todd Ellison, Certified Archivist (last revised 8/7/2006)Although the world's first picture postcards date from the 1860s to the mid-1870s, most of the earliest American picture postcards extant today are those that were sold at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, starting on May 1, 1893. At this time, a dozen or more American printers began to take postcards seriously.