The printing of the photographer’s or manufacturer’s name on the back of real photos was an expensive proposition.
This practice was only cost effective on cards printed in large numbers; individuals and small photo studios could rarely afford to do so. While many amateur photographers numbered their cards this was most often done by larger studios.
We want love, friendship and a lifetime of togetherness. But if you’re looking at a mail-order bride, we’re not making guarantees. While we can pay for our way, we still appreciate a man who takes the tab.Thaw out the icy treatment by buying us flowers, cooking for us, and most importantly, by listening to our woes. A few years back, women were marrying in their early twenties.Decades before that, Filipinas were getting tied in their teens.And of course any image that contain a regularly patterned series of dots is not a photograph at all but a ink printed image.Some halftone cards were printed on high gloss paper to resemble a photograph but their screen patterns will give them away if one is vigilant.Once, when my husband had revealed to his Vietnamese barber that he’s married to a Filipina, the excited barber exclaimed, “You married Asian, now you sit back and relax.” My husband almost fell off his chair. When he married me he had these illusions of coming home to a Filipino feast every day.And in the mornings, his clothes would be laid out ready for him, ironed and starched. The reality is, he irons my clothes for me (I hardly ever did it for myself before I met him) and every now and then, I’d serve him something burnt.But even here the effect is more of a softening of detail than a observable texture.Early real photo postcards are small by their very nature and since most were contact printed, not enlarged, there is no visible texture.We like a man who can take care of us, although we can take care of ourselves. If we’re not getting the attention and appreciation that we deserve, we don’t just shrug our shoulders, we give you the cold shoulder.Our the silent treatment—is an invitation to be wooed.