E. H. MITCHELL Back Designs and Definitions
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BACK DESIGNS FOR -- " T " backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1907/08

NOTE: See how postcard center divided line is lined up with word POSTCARD.
NOTE: The periods and commas are not always discernible on some backs.

 

 

 T1

 

 

          Postcard

          ----------

words            -

along            -

left             -

edge             -

 

NOTE: Two T1 cards found with "PRINTED IN JAPAN"

      Vertical words on left edge.

GO TO "T1-T4" Checklist

 T2

 

 

          Postcard

no        ----------

words            -

along            -

left             -

edge             -

                          GO TO "T1-T4" Checklist

 

 T3

 

 

          Postcard

          ----------

words          -

along          -

left           -

edge           -

GO TO "T1-T4" Checklist

 T4

 

 

          Postcard

          ----------

no             -

words on       -

left edge      -

or bottom      -

GO TO "T1-T4" Checklist

GO TO "T3 5000 series" Checklist

 

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                (DV) BACK DESIGNS

     Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1909-1910

 

 DV1

 

 

(L)"MADE IN AMERICA BY: EDW. H. MITCHELL AT SAN FRANCISCO"

          (All LARGE (L) letters at left end of card)

           (some may have Gray news additional words)

 

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          *L              ((

          *L          ((((((

          *L       ((((((((((((((((((((    DV1

          *L          ((((((

          *L              ((

          ************************************

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 DV2

 

 

(s)"MADE IN AMERICA BY: EDW. H. MITCHELL AT SAN FRANCISCO

        CALIFORNIA”

     (All small(s) Capitol letters at left end of card)

 

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          *s              ((

          *s          ((((((

          *s       ((((((((((((((((((((   DV2

          *s          ((((((

          *s              ((

          ************************************

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 DV3

 

 

 (X)"MADE IN AMERICA BY EDW. H. MITCHELL AT SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA"

     All LARGE (X) letters at left end of card and small(s) under

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          *Xs              ((

          *Xs          ((((((

          *Xs       ((((((((((((((((((((   DV3

          *Xs          ((((((

          *Xs              ((

          ************************************

 

GO TO "DV1-DV3" Checklist

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR: “DH backs” Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1910/1910



NOTE: In many cases you will find that the top

(this space for correspondence) words will not align

with the words at the bottom of the card

(Published by etc.),

due to the poor printing process that was used in that time period.

 DH1

 

 

 "PUBLISHED BY EDWARD. H. MITCHELL - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA."

          (All very small(s) Capitol letters at lower left of card)

 

          ************************************

          *                -

          *                -

          *                -       DH1

          *                -

          * ssssssssssssss -

          ************************************

 

 DH2

 

 

 "PUBLISHED BY EDWARD. H. MITCHELL SAN FRANCSICO CAL."

          (All small(s) Capitol letters at lower left of card)

 

          ************************************

          *                -

          *                -        DH2

          *                -

          *                -

          * ssssssssssssss -

          ************************************



PS: Another variation of this back has been discovered

    #1910 that shows a (.)period in center of line, or (-)dash

    between the words Mitchell and San Francisco. Cal.

 DH2a

 

 

 "LITHOGRAPHED BY EDWARD. H. MITCHELL SAN FRANCICSO"

          (All small(s) Capitol letters at Lower left of card - RARE)

 

          ************************************

          *                -

          *                -

          *                -       DH2A

          *                -

          * ssssssssssssss -

          ************************************

 

 DH3

 

 

 "PUBLISHED BY EDW. H. MITCHELL, (s) SAN FRANCISCO"

      (All LARGER Capitol letters (L) at lower left of card, except

     the word "San Francisco", which is smaller(s) Capitol Letters.

     Some are shown to be by SOUVENIR Publishing with this back.

 

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          *                -

          *                -

          *                -        DH3

          *                -

          * LLLLLLLLLLLsss -

          ************************************

  DH3a = Pub. by Souvenir Publishing Co. San Francisco &

                 Los Angeles or (L.A.)

  DH3b = Pub. by Souvenir Publishing Co., Los Angeles &

                 San Francisco

  DH3c = Pub. by Souvenir Publishing Co. San Francisco

  DH3d = Pub. by Souvenir Publishing Co. Los Angeles. San Francisco

         (Vertical on left edge)

 

 DH4

 

 

 DH4a

 

 

  Note: DH4a used only on the Calendar cards.

 "PUBLISHED BY EDWARD. H. MITCHELL, SAN FRANCISCO, CAL."

          (All smaller(s) Capitol letters at lower Right of card)

 

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          *                -

          *                -

          *                -         DH4

          *                -

          *                - ssssssssssssssss

          ************************************

 

 DH5

 

 

 "PUBLISHED BY EDWARD. H. MITCHELL, SAN FRANCISCO, CAL."

           (All small(s) capitol letters at Left edge of card)

    (NOTE: These cards were published for Hopf Bros. Co. Seattle

           to celebrate the  "SEATTLE GOLDEN POTLATCH“ Festival

           July 17-22, 1911)

           See logo #1

           See Logo #2

 

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          ss               -

          ss               -

          ss               -       DH5

          ss               -

          ss               -

          ************************************

 

GO TO Golden Potlatch Checklist

 

 DH6

 

 

 "Litho. Edward H. Mitchell San Francisco for the Johnston-Ayres Co."

          (All Capitol letters(s) down middle of card)

 

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          *                s

          *                s

          *                s

          *                s

          *                s

          ************************************

 

GO TO "DH1-DH6" Checklist-COLOR

GO TO "DH1-DH6" Checklist-SEPIA

GO TO "DH1 5000 Series" Checklist

 

NOTE: ALL OTHER MITCHELL backs are defined below 

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR -- UN backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1903 

 

 UNV

 

 

     Post card letters with scrolling through the words,

         Note: The 'C' of the word 'CARD' does not touch

               the 'A' in the word 'CARD', and is an

               undivided back. Picture on front is a vignette,

               and can be in color, or B/W.

          VARIATIONS ARE:   

 UNV-a

 

 

      Words "THIS SIDE IS FOR THE ADDRESS" is in a straight line.

 

 UNV-b

 

 

      Words "THIS SIDE IS  FOR THE ADDRESS" is slightly offset between "is" and "for", out of line, or a large space between them.

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR -- UN1 backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1904/1906

 

 UN1

 

 

      Same as UNV, except there is a white border

               around the square picture.

         VARIATIONS ARE:

 UN1-a

 

 

      Words "THIS SIDE IS FOR THE ADDRESS" is in a straight line.

GO TO  Undivided backs Checklist

 

 UN1-b

 

 

     Words "THIS SIDE IS   FOR THE ADDRESS" is slightly offset between "is" and "for", out of line, or a large space between them.

GO TO  Undivided backs Checklist

 

 UN2

 

 

      Same as UN1, except words on back read

     "THIS SIDE IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ADDRESS"

 

 UN3

 

 

     Same as UN1, except The 'C' of the word 'CARD' does touch the

     letter 'A', and "THIS SIDE IS FOR THE ADDRESS" is

                 at the left bottom.

 

GO TO  Undivided backs Checklist

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR -- EX1 backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1912

 

 EX1

 

 

     Small Panama Pacific Exposition circle in upper left corner

    on the back of the card. Usually a H1-2-3 back. Various colors.

 

 EX2

 

 

     Large Panama Pacific Exposition circle in upper left corner

     on back of card. Usually a H1-2-3 back. Various Colors

 

 EX3

 

 

     Large Panama Pacific Exposition circle in upper left corner

     on back of card. Reads "OFFICAL Post Card" & usually a

     H1-2-3 and “S” backs, and is in B/W.

             Sometimes in various shades and color.

     EX4 OFFICAL POST CARD in open type letters.

        (Same design as EX3)--Used by:

       Souvenir Publishing Co. (Published by: E H Mitchell) Many of

     Souvenir EX backs can also be found in the Exposition listing.

        Cardinell-Vincent cards are represented here.  

 

GO TO Exposition Checklsit

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR -- HSF backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1909

 

 HSF

 

 

     Hotel St. Francis back (Head and shoulder of St Francis).

 

 

 ML

 

 

     Mt Lowe Back (Fireplace)

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR -- SP backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1913

 

 SP

 

 

     Train coming through tunnel design on back

 

GO TO FOR HSF-ML-SO Divided Backs-Color

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR -- S1-S5 backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1916

 

 S1A

 

 

      Stamp box like four match sticks, with vertical legend

      EDWARD H. MITCHELL, Publisher, San Francisco. Word "ADDRESS"

      usually under the word POSTCARD.

      Word " Publisher, SAN FRANCISCO " can be in smaller(s) case

          capitals. Printed in Brown or Black.

      May or may not have lines at beginning or end of words

      Note: Some CVC (Cardinal Vincent) have been seen

            also with these backs with three lines at ends of                                         

            words and For Correspondence to left. Some with no

            numbers.

        GO TO All "S1-S9a" style backs

 

 Other "S" Variations Are:

 

 

 S1B

 

 

     Vertical legend printed all in capitals and line at each end.

GO TO All "S1-S9a" style backs

 

 S1C

 

 

     Legend is Pub. by EDWARD H. MITCHELL, San Francisco, Cal. With a line at each end. Most are in Black lettering.

     No words in stamp box.

     Also used for the Pacific Novelty/Bardell Cards by

          EHM-Brown Lettering.

     Also one found with brown lettering - Words:

          Published By California Postcard Co., Los Angeles, Cal.

GO TO All "S1-S9a" style backs

 

 S2A

 

 

     Large post card letters and word "stamp" in stamp

     box & word "ADDRESS" under the word POSTCARD. the words

     "This Space for Correspondence/Correspondence"

           sometimes to left.

     May or may not have lines at ends.

     May be in color or B/W.   

GO TO All "S1-S9a" style backs

 

 S2B

 

 

     Vertical legend has a line at each end.

     S2C No publisher shown in vertical.

     S2D Vertical legends has box-like line at both ends

          And description words to left- Usually on

          Bardell Art Ptg Co.(In vertical and Horizontal)

GO TO All "S1-S9a" style backs

BACK DESIGN FOR -- S1-S5 backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1916

  

 S3A

 

 

     Large post card letters and words "postage" in stamp

     box & word "ADDRESS" under the word POSTCARD.

     Triple lines at ends.

     The words "This Space for Correspondence" usually to left,

        or cut cards/trimmed do not have

        "This Space for Correspondence"

     Those with Advertising do not have

        "This Space for Correspondence ".

 

 S3B

 

 

     " FOR CORRESPONDENCE "  at top left.

GO TO All "S1-S9a" style backs

 

 S4A

 

 

     Large post card letters & stamp box of four

        Straight lines.

     Three dots before & after vertical divided words.

     The words "THIS SPACE FOR ADDRESS ONLY"

         on the right side.

     Other Variations of this back may exist

        with “ADDRESS” only And a straight line

        without dots.

     ( Can have S5A Design and stampbox,

        Usually on Pacific Novelty Co.)

     May have Sing Fat Logo

 

 S4B

 

 

     Has middle legend reading up.

     S4C - Two or three stars at each End of Vertical legend.

     S4D - Line at each end.   

     May have Sing Fat Logo

GO TO All "S1-S9a" style backs

 

 S5A

 

 

     Large striped post card letters & words

          "THIS SPACE FOR ADDRESS ONLY"

     on the right side. Words "This Space for Correspondence"

     sometimes to the left. Some with *** at each end.

 

 S5B

 

 

     Vertical legend has a line at each end.

     S5C   Vertical Legend – No line at each end.

     S6A - Has S5A Stamp box with S1 Post Card

           (Only found on Pacific Novelty Cards)

     S6B – Has S5A Stamp box with S4B Post Card

           This space for address only

           (only found on Pacific Novelty Cards)

     S6C   Also found on Cardinal Vincent Cards

     S6D   Also found on Bardell Ptg., Co. Cards    

     S7A - Has Published by Exposition Pub. Co., San Francisco

           "Only the address may be written here" to right

     S8A – Has S5A stampbox with S4A stamp logo

            ( Only found on Pacific Novelty Cards)

     S9A – Has S4A back with no vertical data

             Pub by Souvenir Publishing Co. San Francisco &

                 Los Angeles.    

 

GO TO All "S1-S9a" style backs

 

 

 BL1

 

 

     Words in the middle of card on the back.

           Earliest Postmark Noted: 1906/1907

     Does not have a stamp box-See Picture

               "This space above reserved for postmark"

                P O S T         C A R D

               "This space below is for the address only"

 

 

 BL2

 

 

     Words in the middle of card on the back

     Does have a stamp box-See picture

                P O S T         C A R D

                "THIS SIDE IS FOR THE ADDRESS"

 

GO TO Earthquake-San Francisco 1906 BL1 and BL2

 

 

 R&D

 

 

     Rose topped dagger staff in middle of card & publishers-name

     always in the staff.

     PS: There also is R&D type back with A Palm tree at top and

         is published By: VOR- Van Ornum Colorprint.

         Some with Numbers and some without. The cards

         are suspected to have been Published by E. H. Mitchell.

     NOTE: There are many Pacific Novelty Postcards with

         Words - “P-N-C” at top of rod.

         The stampbox is not the same.

         They are NOT E. H. Mitchell produced postcards.

           Only logging them for documentation.  

 

 ROD

 

 

     Rose topped dagger staff in middle of card & publishers-name

         is on the left lower edge of card(sometimes on

         adv-types, or sepia). Some W/O data.

         Pub. Name is sometimes in staff.

         California Sales is an example.

   NOTE: Some cards have been found with a ROD staff

           and DH2 info and stamp box. San Francisco Cal.

           EXAMPLES:

           Pomona, Cal. (sepia)

           Library Mills College Oakland, Calif. (sepia)

           Arlington Hotel, Santa Barbara, Calif. (sepia) ROATW

          

GO TO SEPIA Checklist ROD and R & D

 

 DRG

 

 

     Small square picture of a dragon in upper left corner.

         Most have S5 lettering with the publishers name running

         vertical in the middle of the card.

         Usually a SING FAT advertising card.

         May not have same stampbox

 

GO TO Unnumbered Undivided Checklist

GO TO Unnumbered Divided Checklist

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR -- HB backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1912

 

 HB

 

 

     Has Christmas holly all around the back edge & a wreath on

     both sides of Postcard letters.

        "PUBLISHED BY EDW.H.MITCHELL, SAN FRANCISCO" at bottom.

         Front sample

     Many different arrangements of views and flowers/holly etc..

GO TO Christmas Holiday Checklist

PS: There also some without the Christmas back and can be found

in the divided unnumbered back listing.

 

 ZOD

 

 

     ZODIAC-One card for each month of the year. Litho-Published

     for the Johnson Ayres Co..

 

GO TO Zodiac Checklist

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR -- HMW backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1912

 

 HMW

 

 

     FOR MT. WASHINGTON HOTEL, LOS ANGELES Added to DV1

     types in color.

 

GO TO Mt. Washington Hotel(HMW)

 

 

 CAL

 

 

     Calendar cards showing the dates/month in a white box.

     (Many advertisers)

 

GO TO Calendar Checklist

 

 JBC

 

 

     For J. B. Caro & Co., Inc. Juneau, Alaska

 

GO TO J B CARO Checklist

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR -- PMC backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1896/1902

 

 PMC

 

 

     Private Mailing cards

         PM1 through PM4 are mostly Black and white both

         front and back and may be Multi-views or vignette.

         PM5 and PM6 are the most common and usually colored

         vignette and backs printed in orange brown.

         They are found on both smooth and pebbled papers.

         The name Edw. H. Mitchell appears on the picture

         side of the card on all undivided backs.

            All cards in this group have the

         words: "Authorized by Act of Congress of

         May 19, 1898" below PMC words.

         Note: The "San Francisco" Petriographics

         are in this group also, as are the

         Albert Kayser "Pioneers", which is another

         story for documentation!

         PM1 - Private Mailing Card with

               fancy ribbon and quill pen.

               Place a one cent stamp here inscribed in stamp box.

               "THIS SIDE IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ADDRESS"

                    is at lower left.

                   (No Postal Card Carte Postale) Undivided back.

         PM2 - Same as PM1, except

                   "Postal Card - Carte Postale" hand

                   stamped above PMC.

         PM3 - Same as PM1, except "Postal Card - Carte Postale" 

               Printed “THIS SIDE IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE

                  ADDRESS" Legend in stamp box large letters

         PM4 - Same as PM1, except “POSTAL CARD-CARTE POSTALE”

                    in black print. Logo Can also be in Black.

                   "This Side Exclusively for the Address"

         PM5 - Same as PM3, except legend in stamp box reads:

                   "Place Stamp Here Domestic one cent

                          Foreign two cents."

                   This legend printed in small letters.

         PM6 - Same as PM5, except Stamp Box legend is printed in

                   large letters.

 

 

 PM7

 

 

     Stamp box reads: "Place a One Cent Stamp Here"

                       Lower left corner

      reads: "THIS SIDE IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ADDRESS"

      

         PM8 Private Mailing Card

             (Only One seen)

             ( “A Glimpse of Chinatown San Francisco”)

                 click to SEE SCAN pmc\pm8.jpg

           “THIS SIDE IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ADDRESS” 

 

GO TO Private Mailing Checklist

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR -- R&Q backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1902

 

 R&Q

 

 

     Ribbon and Quill- undivided back

     "THIS SIDE FOR THE ADDRESS" in lower left corner.

         Stamp box is larger than the PMC stamp box.

 

GO TO R&Q Checklist

 

     SAN Divided - Advertising

       NOTE: This back type has not been seen yet!

             Is possibly on three different Sanitarium cards.

             Advise Walt if found!

 

 

 TWOF

 

 

         Two Fold "Mail Card" Published by EHM expressly for

         Smith's Book Store, Dawson Y. T..

     The Back is unique - Picture is: Fairbanks, Alaska, from

         across the Chenoa River.

         Another one found (other part of card no there)

         one part is:

            Pacific Ocean -  Seal Rocks – Cliff House  

Copyright 1904 by Edward H. Mitchell

 

 DET

 

 

     Detroit-like (May not be Mitchell cards)

           Can be Vignette Style B/W and some by Franz Huld.

 

 ICS

 

 

     Island Curio Store Honolulu - Also Defined as UB-Kind II

       NOTE: It is not known whether the Island Curio

             cards are E. H. MITCHELL connected!

             UB-Kind I/II/III can have same/similar backs

             E H Mitchell's UN1b/PMC backs. Hawaii and

             South Seas Curio Co., Honolulu DB-Kind Oth1-2-3

             are included below

        ICSa Stamp box 2 palm trees,

             no ribbon & Quill (black back)

                   UB-Kind V

             ICSaa Stamp box 2 palm trees, no ribbon & Quill

                   (red) UB-Kind V

        ICSc Diamond Head - UB-Kind III PMC

                    Logo's Connected with UB-Kind III

                    Logo's Connected with UB-Kind III

             ICSd Aloha Nui (color) - UB-Kind III -PMC

             ICSe Aloha Nui B-series - UB-Kind III - PMC

             ICSf No Logo  (some unknown) can be

                  UB-Kind IV/XI/II/III - PMC

                   UB-Kind IV

                   Logo's Connected to UB-Kind II

                   Logo's Connected to UB-Kind II

                   Logo's Connected to UB-Kind II

       ICSg Stamp box 2 palm trees (one tree shorter), White Border

                   UB-Kind VII

           ICSh Same as ICSg Dark blue titles UB-Kind VII/III - PMC

           ICSi Stamp box- 1 palm tree-General Series 1907-1914

                  UB-Kind X/XI/VI/IX (Some unnumbered)

           ICSj Same as ICSi - Black and White

                   UB-Kind VI

                   Logo's Connected to UB-Kind VI

                   UB-Kind X

             ICSk Fish and Crab series DB-Kind X ( 1 palm )

             ICSl no numbers DB-Kind X

             ICSm (Without Steiner name on card)

             ICSn Unclassified  (includes Franz Huld cards)

             ICSp Private Mailing card back-no palms,

                  black back UB-Kind VIII

                   DB-Kind VIII

             ICSr Post card back-no palms, black back,

                  stamp box - place stamp here

                   DB-Kind IX

             ICSs Private Mailing Card-no palms,

                  stamp box-(character/numbers)

                  DB-Kind XI

             ICSt Post Card back-no palms, black back,

                  stamp box - place postage stamp here

                  DB-Kind XII

             ICSu  Postcard Back-Green Back - Aquarium Logo-round

                  DB-Kind OTH1

             ICSw  Postcard Back-Blue Back - Aquarium Logo-square

                  DB-Kind OTH2

      ICSy  Postcard Back-Black Lettering on back - Made in Germany

                  DB-Kind OTH3

             ICSz Postcard back Same as E H Mitchell back

                  UN1b undivided back

                  UB-Kind I  UN1b

GO TO ICS Checklist

 

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 BACK DESIGN FOR -- KAY (Kayser) backs - Earliest Postmarks

                 Noted: 1897

 

 KAY

 

 

                 SEE Other Kayser backs KAY1 / KAY2

                        SCAN misc\kay1.jpg

                         KAY2 SCAN pmc\kay2.jpg   

Kayser - Mailing Card.

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     NOTE: OTH-Other backs not defined here, or variations should

          be zeroxed (or scanned front & back)

          and sent to Walt for analysis!

          See Below: This includes booklets, folders,

          large cards, comics, Art works, or anything unique

          published by E. H. Mitchell.

          Thank You!  Walter Kransky   wrsky@att.net

                   DO NOT OVERLAY SUBJECT LINE!

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