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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Iran Targets Netanyahu Children for Assassination

Iran is encouraging its terror allies to pursue the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s children by publishing personal information about them, including photographs of the kids lined up in crosshairs, and declaring, “We must await the hunt of Hezbollah.”

The publication of the personal information and biographies of Netanyahu’s children follows an Israeli airstrike last week that killed several key Hezbollah leaders and an Iranian commander affiliated with the country’s hardline Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Netanyahu’s children are acceptable targets for assassination due to their affiliation with top Israeli leaders, according to the article, which is titled, “The file of the Zionist Children.”


He's Having Fun!

FCC Raises Threshold for High-Speed Internet

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday changed the definition of broadband to increase the threshold speed – a move that has already angered cable companies.

In a 3-2 vote, the commission approved a measure that increases the minimum standard for broadband speed, giving the agency more power to force internet service providers to improve their service.

The definition of broadband is set to be raised from 4 megabits per second (Mbps) to 25Mbps for downloads and 1Mbps to 3Mbps for uploads.

With that speed as the benchmark, significantly fewer Americans have access to high-speed broadband. Under the previous definition, 19 million Americans were without access; the new definition means that 55 million Americans – 17% of the population – now do not have access to high-speed broadband, according to the FCC’s 2015 Broadband Progress Report, which is in the final editing process but was cited at the hearing.

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He Was Shot by an Officer While Admittedly ‘Menacing’ with 18-Inch Machete — and The City Just Paid Him

Ruhim Ullah, of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty to “menacing” a police officer with an 18-inch machete in 2010. During the tense confrontation, he was shot one time in the leg by an officer attempting to stop the man from hurting any fellow cops.

And though he confessed to the crime in which he was accused, Ullah still filed a $3 million lawsuit against the city alleging wrongdoing on behalf of the involved officers — and ended up getting paid.

Even Ullah’s lawyer reportedly conceded that the shooting of his client was likely justified, but the city still offered the man $5,000 in order to be done with the lawsuit. The move has some critics furious as they argue it tells criminals that crime can sometimes result in a payday.


Anonymous Announces Solidarity with Lakota Sioux in Fight Against Keystone XL

[By Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe]

A few days ago, the cyber hacktivist group Anonymous announced solidarity with the Lakota against the Keystone XL Pipeline. They vowed a cyber war beyond comprehension if the United States Congress forces through legislation allowing the KXL project to move forward, and overriding any promised veto by President Obama.

Anonymous said in their released video, “We are announcing our solidarity with the Lakota Sioux and members of The Great Sioux nation, with their quest to preserve their way of life, and to ensure that land treaties are abided by, as set forth in the land treaty between the United States and the Lakota Sioux.”

In a January 16, 2015, Associated Press article by Bradley Klapper, it was announced that the United States State Department has given federal agencies a February 2, 2015, deadline to provide advice on whether to move forward with the Keystone XL Project. The article goes on to say that there is no deadline set for when the State Department will send its recommendation to President Obama to approve or not approve the Keystone XL Project for permit.

Anonymous went on to say, “We are monitoring the activities of the United States Government, and more specifically President Obama’s decision on whether to Veto the bill. We feel confident that the President will do the right thing and veto this bill. In the event that Congress pushes this bill through, we have Anonymous hacktivist groups all over the world poised and positioned to strike at every promoter, supporter, profiteer, manufacturer, supplier, construction company and financial institution. This will be a cyber war beyond comprehension.”

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Three Brothers Re-Created Old Photos To Make This Epic Calendar For Mom

Florida teacher ARRESTED for throwing a shoe at her husband's face after she caught him in bed with another woman

A married teacher and mother of two from Florida has been arrested for allegedly beating her husband with a shoe after catching him in bed with another woman.

Christine Black, 46, from Ormond Beach, was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail Monday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She is being held without bond.

According to the woman's arrest report, sheriff's deputies were called to Christine and Larry Black’s home on Heron Dunes Drive just before 3pm Monday after getting a call about a violent domestic incident.


Shooting Incident Pocomoke Forest

Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Shooting Incident Pocomoke Forest

On January 30, 2015, deputies were dispatched to PRMC and to the area of Five Bridges Road and Whitesburg Road for a reported shooting. Deputies interviewed the victim at the hospital who provided a detailed description of the incident. During the incident, the victim was shot twice after stopping to assist a motorist after striking a deer.
Detectives from CBI responded and are working to piece together circumstances that led to the shooting of a 21-year-old Eden man along the side of Whitesburg and Five Bridges roads in the Pocomoke Forest at about 11 p.m. Friday.

Deputies arrested and charged Kenny George White of Fruitland, who was 17 and a minor when he allegedly collided with the deer, then twice shot the man who police described as a good Samaritan that stopped at the scene of the collision.

A special kind of hate

The Soldier of The Future is Here

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High school holds 'hijab day' for students

A Sacramento, California, high school scheduled a “hijab day” celebrating Islamic law in which Muslims helped school girls don the concealing headscarves.

It was at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School, also known as NP3, where officials posted a notice that said: “January 28, 2015. The hijab is a headcovering worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty and their devotion to God. GIRLS! Come to the library Wednesday morning and MSA [Muslim Student Association] members will assist you in putting your hijab on. You can bring ANY type of rectangular (or square) scarf that is bought at any store. (If you do not have any scarves, they will be provided for you to borrow for the day.)”

At Jihad Watch, Islam expert Robert Spencer said he had written to Principal Tom Rutten.

He pointed out that FBI statistics show that “hate crimes against Muslims, which are never justified, are actually quite uncommon, with hate crimes against Jews being over four times more common.

Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

"If confirmed as attorney general, I would be myself. I would be Loretta Lynch," the nominee told her Senate confirmation hearing as Republicans showered criticism on the current occupant of the job, Eric Holder. They said Holder was contemptuous of Congress and too politically close to Obama, and repeatedly demanded assurances that Lynch would do things differently.

"You're not Eric Holder, are you?" Texas Republican John Cornyn, one of the current attorney general's most persistent critics, asked at one point.

"No, I'm not, sir," Lynch responded with a smile.


Video purportedly shows beheading of 2nd Japanese hostage by ISIS

An online video purports to show ISIS militants beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, the Associated Press reports.

Code proposal would revamp display rules on Boardwalk

Boardwalk merchants could need to be a little more judicious with their spread of merchandise as the Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission considers a revamp of retail display regulations.

The commission last week fielded a number of Boardwalk-related code revisions, which were recommended by the Boardwalk Development Committee, a sub-group of the Ocean City Development Corporation.

Among the proposed changes would be a revision to the calculation used for outdoor display areas on the boards north of Third Street, where setback areas between buildings and the boards are used to show merchandise.


Commission wants military health and retirement benefits to mirror those of civilian workers

An independent military commission recommended vast changes in the military's retirement and healthcare systems that could save the Defense Department more than $20 billion over the next four years, says a Jan. 28 Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission report.

Under the proposal from the commission, members would still get free healthcare and go through military treatment facilities, the report says.

But the current TRICARE health benefits system would be mostly replaced by options that are similar to those open to federal civilian workers.

The new plan would afford military members and retirees a variety of insurance plans and an allowance to offset premiums or co-pays.


Bald eagle struck by car returned to wild by DNR

A bald eagle was clipped by a passing motorist on Route 50, Sunday, Jan. 25, stunning and inflicting apparently minor injuries on the raptor, before Department of Natural Resources officers released it later the same day.

Harry Reinhart, a local taxi driver, saw the incident and stopped to provide aid.

“I saw it get hit by the car and I was sure it was stunned,” he said, “I’m a first responder for marine animal recovery with the National Aquarium.”


Former Oregon State student arrested after making a porn video in campus library

A porn video that a former student made in the stacks of the Oregon State University library is getting university administrators hot under the collar.

Kendra Sunderland, 19, became the talk of campus when she posted a video on PornHub that showed her stripping out of her top and touching herself for 31 minutes in the crowded Valley Library in Corvallis, Oregon.

The clip became a sensation on campus - passed around among students on social media. It was viewed more than 260,000 times in just a few days before PornHub took it down, KEZI-TV reports.


30-Plus Vehicles, Private Properties Hit By Vandals

BERLIN — Berlin Police continue to investigate a vandalism spree that occurred in the downtown area that included over 30 vehicles and at least three buildings.

According to Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing, the department received the first phone call about the widespread vandalism in the Broad Street area downtown around 10 p.m. on Sunday and received additional calls on Monday morning. Over 30 vehicles were spray-painted with graffiti including some with racial slurs. Some examples include a white vehicle with red paint slashes down its entire side. The side of one building simply said “cheeseburger.” Another vehicle had “LOL” painted on its driver’s side window. Yet another building was adorned with the message “your mother is a nice lady.” Most of the damage this morning was noticed in the municipal parking lot off Main Street.

Downing said on Monday the Berlin Police Department is currently making an assessment of the total damages and more cases could be located as the investigation continues.


No women allowed

Saudi Arabia wants MEN-ONLY Olympics with ultra-conservative plan for segregated games

Ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia wants to see men and women compete in separate Olympics with a controversial proposal to joint-host segregated games.

An official from the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee floated the idea of male athletes competing in his country while a female games would be held in neighbouring Bahrain.

Prince Fahad bin Jalawi Al Saud, an international relations consultant to the president of the Saudi committee, told French sports website Frances Jeux that he could see the country bidding for the Olympics with another Gulf state.


This Colorado baker refused to put an anti-gay message on cakes. Now she is facing a civil rights complaint.

A Denver bakery has found itself at the center of an LGBT rights controversy. But this isn’t about another bakery refusing to fulfill an order for a same-sex wedding. Instead, Azucar Bakery in Denver is the subject of a Colorado civil rights investigation for declining to decorate a cake with an anti-gay message.

A customer, identified as Bill Jack, told reporters that he believes Azucar Bakery “discriminated” against him “based on my creed,” which is Christian. He filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division some time last year, though according to his statement to reporters, Jack said he wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the complaint. But the baker in question did.

Jack walked into Azucar Bakery last March and asked for two cakes, both in the shape of Bibles. That wasn’t a problem for Marjorie Silva, the bakery’s owner. It was what Jack wanted her to write on the cake: Anti-gay phrases including “God hates gays” and an image of two men holding hands, covered in a big, red “X.”


Trashy? Mike Huckabee Tells Megyn Kelly How He Really Describes Women at Fox News

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Barbara Bush slams critics who say Jeb Bush is boring

During a Thursday talk on literacy in Texas, school children asked the former First Lady about her reading list and she couldn’t hide her dismay at her family’s treatment by the press.

Barbara Bush defended her second son, Jeb Bush, against claims the former Florida governor is boring.

During a Thursday talk on literacy in Texas, school children asked the former First Lady about her reading list and she couldn’t hide her dismay at her family’s treatment by the press.

“I don’t like any criticism of my family, so I can’t read a newspaper,” she revealed, “I read something today that ‘Jeb is boring. Well, try living with him,’” she quipped at the event hosted by the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M.

She was likely referring to the San Francisco Chronicle column by Debra Saunders this week that declares, “Jeb Bush may be the front-runner in the GOP 2016 primary ... But Jeb Bush also has a problem: He is a boring speaker.”


Office puts chips under staff's skin

Want to gain entry to your office, get on a bus, or perhaps buy a sandwich? We're all getting used to swiping a card to do all these things. But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach - a chip under the skin.

Felicio de Costa, whose company is one of the tenants, arrives at the front door and holds his hand against it to gain entry. Inside he does the same thing to get into the office space he rents, and he can also wave his hand to operate the photocopier.

That's all because he has a tiny RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip, about the size of a grain of rice, implanted in his hand. Soon, others among the 700 people expected to occupy the complex will also be offered the chance to be chipped. Along with access to doors and photocopiers, they're promised further services in the longer run, including the ability to pay in the cafe with a touch of a hand.


US Gas Prices End Their Record-Breaking Streak of Daily Declines

For the first time in four months, gasoline climbed in price today.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gas was $2.038 on Tuesday, up from $2.033 on Monday, according to auto club AAA. That half-cent increase was the first overnight price rise since Sept. 25 and ended the longest streak of daily price declines on record.


Senate GOP Requests Obama's Emails in IRS Inquiry

A group of Senate Republicans have called on President Barack Obama to turn over all communications that he and his aides have had with the Internal Revenue Service since 2010 to confirm whether the agency shared private taxpayer information with White House political operatives, according to The Washington Times.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and all 13 other Republicans on the committee sent a letter Thursday to the president with the aim of finding out if White House aides broke the law by acquiring or sharing private tax information.

"We have an obligation to conduct oversight of the federal government's administration of our tax laws," the lawmakers wrote, according to the Times.

"As part of this oversight, we are seeking to determine the degree to and manner in which the Internal Revenue Service shares taxpayer information with the Executive Office of the President."

The lawmakers have requested an answer by Feb. 20, according to the Times.

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Judge Rules Ocean City Had Right To Respect Family Wishes To Not Release Drowning Victim’s Name

OCEAN CITY — A Worcester County Circuit Court judge this week opined the Ocean City Police Department met its burden under the Maryland Public Information Act to withhold the name of a 17-year-old drowning victim.

In September, The Daily Times and its parent Gannett Company Inc. filed suit in Worcester County Circuit Court against the Ocean City Mayor and Council and the police department seeking to force the town to release the drowning victim’s name. Last Friday, a motions hearing was held in Circuit Court during which the case was presented, including a motion by the plaintiff for summary judgment.

The hearing closed with Judge Thomas C. Groton not rendering a decision on the motions. Rather, Groton heard the arguments and told the parties he would render a written opinion. On Wednesday, Groton entered his opinion on the motion for summary judgment, ruling the town’s police department did not violate the Maryland Public Information Act.


Rand's Fed audit scares Yellen

Republican senators, Democrats and the public are increasingly behind Sen. Rand Paul's effort to audit the Federal Reserve.

But Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen will fiercely defend the central bank's freedom to set interest rates and conduct monetary policy without congressional oversight, which Paul's legislation seeks to accomplish.

The Kentucky Republican this week reintroduced his bill to require the Government Accountability Office to perform a comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve and report on it to Congress.

The bill has 30 co-sponsors, ranging from the Establishment in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to the grassroots in Ted Cruz of Texas. It also has support from liberals critical of the nexus between Washington and Wall Street.

While officials at the Fed and monetary policy experts generally strongly recommend against it, the vast majority of the public favor opening up the central bank’s books.


Jordan: Release Our Pilot, or We'll Kill All ISIS Captives

Jordan has issued an ultimatum to the Islamic State that it will execute its ISIS prisoners if the terrorist group kills the Jordanian pilot it had captured.

Jordan has reportedly sent a warning to the jihadist group saying that would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi, along with ISIS commanders it has captured on the battlefield, will be "quickly judged and sentenced" to death if Muath al-Kaseasbeh is killed, The Daily Mail is reporting.

The threat comes a day after the deadline, which was reportedly set by ISIS, passed in which a prisoner swap was supposed to take place between Jordan and the terrorist group. There has also been no word about the current condition of either al-Kaseasbeh or Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.

According to intelligence sources, if ISIS is refusing to confirm that the Jordanian pilot, who was captured in December in Syria, is still alive, it likely means that the exchange won't happen.



'The killer flu, TB – all the result of this anti-American government'

A top federal health official said Thursday the recent outbreak of measles that first appeared in California’s Disneyland probably came from overseas.

“We don’t know exactly how this outbreak started, but we do think it was likely a person infected with measles overseas,” Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters.

Popular radio host Michael Savage is not the least bit surprised by the news.

“Immigrants and epidemics – I’ve been sounding the alarm bell on this since I began in radio in 1994,” Savage wrote to WND. “The socialist government, media, academic, medical apparatchiks have looked the other way or changed the origin of numerous illnesses which were once eradicated in our once-first world nation.”

Savage, who holds a Ph.D in nutritional ethnomedicine, continued: “Measles had been nearly eradicated until about 15 years ago. When Clinton busted our border with Mexico, the floodgates were opened to infected migrants. Measles, TB, even malaria is returning! This is a form of medical genocide.”


Weekend Work

Are You This Stupid?

Wicomico County Council Agenda For February 3, 2015

Delaware measles case reported

DOVER, DELAWARE The first measles case reported in Delaware since 2012 is not linked to a recent national outbreak of the illness, state health officials said today.

A New Castle County resident in her late 20s contracted measles outside of the country. She was hospitalized briefly but now is recovering at home.

None of her close contacts have shown measles symptoms, according to the Division of Public Health.

“This case and the recent outbreak in the U.S. reminds us of the importance of vaccination against measles,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, division director. “The disease was considered eliminated in this country in 2000 but cases have been growing again in the last few years likely due to pockets of unvaccinated individuals in the U.S. and international travel to countries where the disease is still endemic. Vaccination remains the best protection.”


Kmart To Pay $102K For Refusing To Hire Dialysis Patient Who Couldn’t Give Urine Sample

Kmart must pay $102,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a Maryland man who says the company reneged on a job offer when he couldn’t provide a urine sample for a drug test because of his kidney disease and dialysis. 

Jupiter and Moon Viewing Party!

Mark your calendars! The NASA Visitor Center is hosting a Jupiter and Moon Viewing Party!

This FREE event will be held on February 6 from 7-9 p.m. Several activities are planned including an astronomy presentation and an activity for children, in addition to the cosmic viewing opportunity.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Super Bowl Carry-out Specials plus Everything Else This Weekend!

It may be COLD outside, but things are heating up this weekend at Station 7! 


Dinner Special:

1/2 Rack of Ribs & 1/2 pound Steamed Shrimp with one side, 18.99

Entertainment: DJ Fireball with $5 Fireball & $10 Angry Balls!


Sunday Brunch - served 9am-1pm

Super Bowl Party upstairs with Bubba! Starts at 4pm with all our great football specials!


Station 7 Restaurant 

7456 Gumboro Road 

Pittsville, MD 21850 


Toyota Recalls 57,000 Avalon, Prius Vehicles For Fire Risk, Airbag Deployment Issues

For the third time this week an automaker has recalled tens of thousands of vehicles because of a potential fire risk. In addition to recalling 52,000 sedans for wiring issues that could lead to a vehicle fire, Toyota is recalling 5,000 cars whose airbags may not deploy properly. 


Pancreatic cancer is a killer – and one that is very hard to detect. One of the reasons its survival rate is so poor that it has few symptoms in the early stages.

Partly spurred by the death of his uncle, 16-year-old scientist and researcher Jack Andraka vowed to find a quick and cheap way to test for signs of the disease.

Andraka's research – incuding writing to 200 science professors – led to him developing a dipstick diagnostic test which searches for a biomarker for pancreatic cancer. It can also be used to test for lung and ovarian cancer.

He tells BBC Future about his quest.


Medical Errors in America Kill More People than AIDS or Drug Overdoses

Medical errors kill more people than car crashes or new disease outbreaks. They kill more people annually than breast cancer, AIDS, plane crashes, or drug overdoses. Depending which estimate you use, medical errors are either the 3rd or 9th leading cause of death in the United States. Those left dead as a result of their medical care could fill an average-sized Major League Baseball stadium — sometimes twice over.

Medical errors tend to fall into two buckets. There are the mistakes that happen when doctors set a wrong plan: when they prescribe the wrong medication, for example, thinking it was the right treatment. Then there are the errors that occur when doctors set the right plan but don't follow it — when messy handwriting means a patient gets the wrong drug dosage, for example, or when a surgeon operates on the wrong body part (yes, this actually happens).

"Something like 2 to 3 percent of people who go into the hospital are going to have some pretty severe harm as a result," says Don Berwick, the Obama administration's former Medicare administrator. "Australian studies show that the rate might be as high as 12 percent. The harder you look, and the more you study the issue, the more errors you find."...



(PIKESVILLE, MD) - Maryland State Police are reminding fans who are planning a Super Bowl celebration that the best game plan is one that includes sober designated drivers.

With the anticipation of fans traveling to and from their Super Bowl celebrations, Lt. Colonel Anthony Satchell, Acting Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, has ordered all 22 barracks to conduct DUI saturation patrols. Additional troopers will be assigned to concentrate on impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers. The State Police Impaired Driving Effort, otherwise known as the S.P.I.D.R.E. team, the full-time drunk driving enforcement team, will be patrolling as well.

“There will be zero tolerance for those who choose to ignore the law and put others in danger by drinking and driving,” Lt. Colonel Anthony Satchell said. “Drunk driving is completely preventable. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice to either drink or drive, but never both.”

If you plan on watching the Super Bowl with friends, at a sports bar, or a restaurant; here are a few tips:
Plan a way to get home safely before the party begins. DESIGNATE A SOBER DRIVER!
If you don’t have a designated driver, then call a cab, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a friend or family member to come and get you, or just stay where you are.
Look out for one another and never let your friends drive who choose to drink.

Last year, on Super Bowl Sunday, troopers arrested 34 drunk drivers. Driving with a blood alcohol content of .07 (driving while impaired) is illegal in Maryland and .08 (driving under the influence) or higher is illegal in every state. A driver under the age of 21, with any measurable alcohol in their system is in violation of alcohol laws in Maryland.

Obama Wants $1 billion dollars for Native American schools

President Obama's 2016 budget request will include $1 billion dollars for Native American schools — $150 million more than this year's budget. About $75 million will go to school construction and repairs. A third of the schools are rated as being in "poor condition." Many have problems with mold, mice and leaky roofs. The budget request also seeks $33 million to expand the schools' Internet capabilities. Less than a third of the schools have the Internet and computer capability needed for nation-wide student testing.

Where Is All That Excess Oil Going?

There's a term traders use when the price of a commodity like oil has fallen because of oversupply but seems guaranteed to rise again.

It's a market that's "in contango," says Brenda Shaffer, an energy specialist at Georgetown University. "It almost sounds like a sort of great oil dance or something."

And Shaffer says that some oil speculators see an oil market that is in contango in a major way.

"Some people out there think that oil is going to get more expensive so it's worthwhile now to buy oil, lock it in, and have those supplies, have them stored and have them available to sell a few months down the line, if you actually believe it's going to go up," she says.

The last time this happened was in 2008-2009, after the price of crude oil plummeted to about $35 barrel amid a global downturn. At least 70 million barrels were stored on tankers until the price rebounded.


Jones New York to close 127 Outlet stores and discontinue its Wholesale Business over 2015

NEW YORK — Jones New York announced Thursday that it is closing stores, discontinuing its wholesale business and will look at strategic alternatives for its brand.

The privately held women's clothing company says that it is making the move after a review of its recent performance and outlook.



Chronological history of postcards in the United States

1861 - The first copyright for a postcard was issued in the United States

1873 - First government postcard was issued in the United States

Postage was printed on the card by the government.

1898 - First private postcards allowed in the United States

Cards could be printed by private printers and publishers.

1898-1907 - Address only allowed on one side of card

Any message had to be written on the side with the picture.

1907 - Divided backs allowed by Post Office

With the address required on the right side of the card, the

left side was open for any message to be sent. The other

side of the card now had an undisturbed picture.

1916-1930 - White border cards

Since most cards printed before 1916 were printed in Germany,

the advent of World War I precipitated negative feelings toward

that country and the printers wanted their customers to know

that the cards were produced in the United States. So they put

a ¼ inch white border around the picture on the postcard.

This also used less ink and saved the printer money.

1930-1945 - Linen cards used

The finish on these cards has the appearance of linen cloth.

1945 - Modern chrome era begins

These cards have a glossy finish and appear as a photograph.

Dating postcards – sometimes you can date a postcard if you know when the postal rates changed. Postcard collectors should keep this table handy.

1872 1 cent 1959 3 cents 1978 10 cents

1917 2 cents 1963 4 cents 1981 12 cents

1919 1 cent 1968 5 cents 1981 13 cents

1925 2 cents 1971 6 cents 1985 14 cents

1928 1 cent 1973 8 cents 1988 15 cents

1952 2 cents 1975 7 cents 1991 19 cents

1976 9 cents

Postcards have been made from many materials other than paper over the years. These materials include leather, metal, wood and often included the addition of pieces of other materials such as fur, feathers, hair or cloth in their construction. The modern Post Office either forbids or discourages the use of these non-standard cards.

The very best cards are what are known as “real photo” cards. These are made from actual photographs and are printed in very limited quantities due to the subject matter. Most of them are of someone’s relatives or an event of some significance. Anyone having one of these should write the name of the pictured party on the reverse in light pencil. Many can be found amongst old family pictures. Today these are rare and can be quite costly to obtain due to the nature of the subject matter if it is of local interest. The following is a chart for identifying and dating real photo postcards.


AGFA ANSCO 1930’s-1940’s

ANSCO 1940’s-1960 Two stars top and bottom

ARGO 1905-1920

ARTURA 1910-1924

AZO SQUARE 1927-1940’s Squares in corners

AZO TRI 1 1904-1918 Four triangles pointed up

AZO TRI 2 1918-1930 Triangles: 2-up, 2 down

CYKO 1904-1920’s

DEFENDER 1 1910-1920 Diamond above and below

DEFENDER 2 1920-1940 Diamond inside

DOPS 1937-1942

EKC 1945-1950

EKKP 1904-1950

EKO 1942-1970

KODAK 1950-

KRUXO 1907-1920’s

NOKO 1907-1920’s

PMO 1907-1915

SOLIO 1903-1920’s

VELOX 1901-1920

VITAVA 1925-1934

There are many categories to collect – holidays, patriotics, and just about any subject you can think about – but what are known as “local views” are the most popular because it is a wonderful method of collecting a pictorial history of a certain geographical area.

Before the age of local views, many collectors collected post marks. The Post Offices in Wicomico County were located at Allen, Athol, Barren Creek Springs, Bivalve, Capitola, Collins Wharf, Fruitland, New Hope, Nanticoke, Pittsville, Parsonsburg, Powellville, Riverton, Salisbury, Sharptown, Twilley, Tyaskin, Walston, Wanamaker, Wango, Whayland, White Haven and Whiton.