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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 Back


Postcard has words along left edge


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

Vertical words on left edge.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.


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T2 Back


Postcard has no words along left edge




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T3 Back


Postcard has words along left edge




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T4 Back


Postcard has no words along left edge or bottom




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Back Designs for -- " DV " backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1909- 10

DV1 Back


(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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DV2 Back


(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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DV3 Back


(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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Back Designs 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 Back


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

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





DH2 Back


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

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


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 Back


 "LITHOGRAPHED BY EDWARD. H. MITCHELL SAN FRANCICSO"

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

DH3 Back


 "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.


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 Back










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)

DH5 Back

 

"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 & 2  



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DH6 Back

 

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

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







DH  Backs

 

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Go to "DH1 - DH6" Sepia Checklist


Go to "DH1 - DH6" 5000 Series Checklist

All Other Mitchel Backs are defined below

 

 UN Back Design- Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1903 

 

 UNV Back


 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.






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.


 

 UN1  Back      -  Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1904/1906




UN1


Same as UNV, except there is a white border around the square picture.

Variations are as follows:






UN1-a


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






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.




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 UN2  Back      



Same as UN1, except words on back read

"THIS SIDE IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ADDRESS"



 

 UN3  Back      



 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



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 EX 1  Back       Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1912


Small Panama Pacific Exposition circle in upper left corner on the back of the card. Usually a H1-2-3, S7A back. Various colors. There is small version of this logo EX1-Small

EX-1


Large Panama Pacific Exposition circle in upper left corner

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


EX-2


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.


EX-3


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 HSF  Back      Hotel Saint Francis Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1909



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



 ML  Back      Mt Lowe



  Mt. Lowe back (fireplace) 



 SP  Back      Southern Pacific - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1913



 Train coming through tunnel design on back 



 Go to HSF-ML-SO Color Divided Backs



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 and no lines on both ends.


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Other "S" Variations Are:

S1B


 Vertical legend printed all in capitals and line at each end


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Other "S" Variations Are:

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.


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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.


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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)


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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.


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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


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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, usually has ROATW on back.

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.


    

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"


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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


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HB Backs - Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1912


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 Backs


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



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HMW Backs  Earliest Postmarks Noted: 1912


 FOR MT. WASHINGTON HOTEL, LOS ANGELES Added to DV1 types in color


GO TO Mt. Washington Hotel (HMW)

CAL  Backs


 Calendar cards showing the dates/month in a white box. (Many advertisers)




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JBC  Backs


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



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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

large letters.

PM7  Backs  


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”


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R & Q  Backs  


Ribbon and Quill- undivided back "THIS SIDE FOR THE ADDRESS" in lower left corner.

Stamp box is larger than the PMC stamp box.



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SAN Divided Backs  


SAN Divided - Advertising

NOTE: This back type has not been seen yet!

Is possibly on three different Sanitarium cards.

Advise Walt if found!

TWOF Backs  


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 Backs  


Detroit-like (May not be Mitchell cards)

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

ICS Backs  


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






Logos 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