Our time machine will travel us in Cyprus of the 1900's.
A slideshow of vintage picture postcards presenting scenes from Cyprus of the early 20th Century.


The Picture Postcard: An Image - A Thousand Words . . . Speedy, Economical and with no Waste.


In the case of Cyprus, Picture PostCards (PPCs) have been a later addition to the list of the options one could choose from to send a message.

In August / September 1902 the authorities set the parameters (size and typo) a PPC should have to serve as a stationary item with reduced postage rates. The stamp was affixed directly to the card (no envelope needed) and the sender would have to follow strictly the rules; that is the recipient's address at the back and the message at the front. Very soon more flexible rules applied and the back of the ppc was divided to accommodate both the recipient's address at the right and the message at the left. The stamp was usually affixed at the back of the card and at the top right corner; nevertheless, we often see stamps affixed on the front where the image lies - a matter of the sender's taste.
However, and besides the technicalities, one thing is more than obvious now: The Picture Post Card was not only the medium to send one's message. It -right from the beginning- served to let the country of its origin, travel its images around the globe like only television some decades later, managed to do. Through these images we can today see back in time and discover events and people and life as well as surroundings that today do not exist.

A very small sample of what this means is the slideshow presented in this page. It is a piece of [Postal] History. And as each image speaks for itself, I think that any additional description is unnecessary.