On back is an area for a name and address and a message, much like the postcards of today. Notice the area for the stamp. There are the letters AZO on all four sides with upward pointed triangles in each corner – this dates the postcard to 1904-1918.
How does the date correspond to the dress of the woman? During the early days of the twentieth century women were still very modest in their dress, from the floor-length gowns of the first days to a slight hike in hemlines by 1918. But a knee length dress? And short sleeves? Perhaps this woman was an actress or singer?
Also notice the name of the photo studio printed on the side – the first time I’ve seen a name on a photo postcard. Astoria Photo Studio, 32 Flushing Avenue, Astoria, Long Island. I could find nothing on the studio. Online I did find that Flushing Avenue is now known as Astoria Boulevard.
Our second photo was perhaps taken a little earlier. I think both women look very similar – could this be the same person? In the first photo she would be a little plumper. Probably not the same, but interesting. Here again is a much shorter dress – in an earlier time period. I would date this photo to 1900. She strikes an interesting pose!
This photo is on a very stiff card, with no information on back.
Always interesting to look back at old photos.