The coloured postcard above was produced
using Method 1 described on the
Coloured Postcard History page.
Alastair White explains:
From late 1930s
"A run of regular (sepia) real photo
cards would be subsequently 'hand coloured' by teams of ladies
sitting at tables, applying dies to them via stencils and brushes.
I would guess that this started in the
late 1930s, continuing until about the end of the war years when
sepia became unfashionable; then carrying on until the 1950s
with black-and-white real photos providing the base.
The minimum run, I recall was
1,000, compared with 250 in monochrome. I believe that my
father stumbled on this process by a chance encounter with a Frau
Kraal, a German lady who was somehow involved.
Alastair White: December 7, 2007