On older German postcards, a few times I've seen "6 Dess" or "6 Des" along with the publisher, series, etc. What does that mean ? Thanks.

  • Could you show us an example? – fdb Oct 15 '17 at 22:23

This seems to be a sorting marker introduced by the publisher - They apparently subdivided their postcards into Serien and Dessins (from French), i.e. "series" and "designs" (subjects) in order to be able to more easily address a single card when ordered. So, it's basically a kind of order number.

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    Shouldn't there be a punctuation after the 6 then? – Beta Oct 8 '17 at 8:01
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    @Beta : if it's for internal use - why? They can make their own rules ... – tink Oct 8 '17 at 8:12
  • I have six different postcards from the same series (serie). 6 Dess would then mean there are 6 cards to the set, oui? – Pierre Sep 26 '19 at 13:45

Here is an example with the text "Dessin 2": Postcard

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