Otago Daily Times
This is the jubilee year of the postcard. In October 1870 the
British Post Office introduced them.
The real inventor was Dr
Hermann of Vienna, who, 20 months before on January 26 1869 had gone to the Austrian postal authorities with an idea and sample of an “open card for correspondence”.
The Austrian Postmastergeneral was delighted with the idea, and at once ordered a million to be printed.
The picture postcard is still young. It was first officially recognised in 1894. — ODT, 27.10.1920.