The 2010 page about snapshot borders has been extensively updated and revised. So it is being reposted now.
Here are some examples of snapshot borders that are incorporated into the print. Any known dates will be included.
This one is so uneven it is probably from an amateur home dark room production. There are no parallel sides on this one at all.
This is a plain white border too but the print is off center. It is also printed with a wide border at the bottom like an RPPC, but it is not a post card.
It could have been done by an inexpensive, barely professional photo finisher.
Home dark room prints are often off center too.
This is a very recognizable border. The wide white space at the bottom identifies it as a Polaroid print.
This is called a "Deckled" edge. This is dye cut stock paper for standard prints used by many photo shops in the fifties and sixties.
Here is a decorated edge something like the dye cut deckled edge. This however, this is a formal design specific for the size of the paper. The deckled edge can begin and end anywhere so it will fit any size.
The border designs are usually incorporated into the negative holder or pre-printed on the stock.
The date part is apparently changeable.
This one is a bit different. The border is incorporated into the print mask, changing the shape of the photograph itself.
Here is a familiar one. Someone got out the old PINKING SHEARS
and made their own fancy border.
It's never quite straight.
This one looks similar to the "ELKO" and "FOXCO" designs but has no name in the corners. Also the chain design is smaller and slanted.
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