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Leather postcards made their debut in 1903, but were only in use for few years. The U.S. Postal Service banned the cards in 1907 because they jammed postage-canceling machines. Leather postcards continued to be sold as souvenirs until about 1910. The cards were made from thin sheets of leather, and images were typically burned into the surface in a process known as pyrography. Other methods included tooling and applying colored dyes to the surface. Some leather cards were made by hand, but most were mass-produced, production line pieces stamped in a heat press.
Hand-made, undivided back
Mass-produced, undivided back
Novelty cards typically belong to categories exhibited elsewhere (such as Greeting or Comic) but have been placed here due to media type, method of manufacture, or both.