Postcards became unbelievably popular in Japan during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 to 1905.
For this reason, there is writing on the face of many cards; this is becoming more acceptable on cards of this era.
The growth of this group has been spectacular in recent years, so much so that there are now many postcard dealers who specialize only in chromes.
Starting December 4publishers were allowed to use the word POSTCARD on the back, but still no writing was allowed on the non picture side, except for the address.
Many millions of cards were published in this era -- it was the golden age of postcards.
If this is unreadable, the STAMP (if any) indicates the approximate year. Most of this info was gleaned from two excellent web pages, which are on: PC stamps PC history
FORMAT 1870 First (plain) PC 1894 First (picture) PC 1895 Court Card 4" x 3" 1899 Standard size, message on front 1902 Divided backs, message on back 1926 Maximum & minimum sizes fixed STAMPS 1890-1900 Victoria, d, vermillion 1900-1901 Victoria, d, blue-green 1902-1904 Edward VII, d, blue-green 1904-1910 Edward VII, d, yellow-green 1911-1912 George V, d, green ( head) 1912-1918 George V, d, green 1918-1921 George V, 1d, red 1921-1922 George V, 1d, red 1922-1934 George V, 1d, red 1934-1936 George V, 1d, red I am indebted to Peter Stubbs for the above information (extracted from Peter's site and his permission for allowing me to use this on the Harberton website.According to the same state standards, cards are classified according to the type and kind.Index for motoring in France:: Sign Up Mailing List.The scan at the top of this page is a real photo postcard; click on it to view a larger image.The easiest way to tell if a postcard is a real photo or not is to look at it with a magnifying glass.These are easily distinguished by the white border around the pictured area. The embossing created more surface area, which allowed the new heatset inks to dry even faster.