PMC Backs Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1896/1902
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