Digitized private mailing card, postally unused, circa 1900. The front of the card has an image of the Lookout Inn which burned down in November of 1908. Starting in 1898, American publishers were allowed to print and sell cards bearing the inscription, "Private Mailing Card, Authorized by Act of Congress on May 19, 1898", such as this card. These private mailing cards were to be posted with one cent stamps instead of the previous two cent rate. Starting December 24, 1901, the United States Government allowed the use of the words "Post Card" and allowed publishers to drop the authorization inscription previously required by law.