When postal cards were first issued about six years ago, their novelty provoked some fault finding, and they were made fun of as “stingy,” and “shabby,” “unsafe,” etc. But they were cheap, and the critics soon followed the example of the people. Now (as an exchange remarks) the postal card has only two enemies, the man who receives duns on it, and the manufacturer of writing paper.
The little postal causes a decrease of from twelve to fifteen million dollars every year in the business of the writing paper trades of this country.
Postal cards are made at Holyoke. Forty men are continually employed at their manufacture. The cardboard is furnished in packages of three thousand each, and every sheet is made into forty postals. Three presses are kept going night and day. A machine slits the sheets into strips of ten cards each, and these in turn are cut into single cards and dumped into piles of twenty-five each, when they are packed by girls in pasteboard boxes containing five hundred cards. A government officer is constantly on hand to see that no pilfering of cards is done. The Holyoke manufactory turns out about a million cards a day.
From the Cambridge Chronicle, 23 April 1881.