Sunday, November 22, 2015
Marie Flatscher's cats and kittens are just as attractive as her dogs - I especially like the way she gives each animal a unique personality and expression. This vivid greeting published by Meissner Buch combines the brilliant red of the apples with playful kittens and a green basket to create an outstanding image.
On this Meissner Buch postcard we find the same interest in colorful rings (candies?) that the puppies found so intriguing in our last post. A divided back flat postcard.
These excited kittens have found yarn in their basket. Compare to the basket of puppies in our last post. Another fine Meissner Buch postcard, postmarked 1913.
This Meissner Buch postcard shows Marie Flatscher's red jester doll close-up. He doesn't have cymbals in this image and the cats can safely indulge their curiosity. A flat postcard postmarked 1912.
There's no publisher given on this postcard and the finish is more textured than the Meissner Buch smooth surface postcards. You can tell this is a Marie Flatscher design from the expressive kittens exploring a yellow butterfly. A flat postcard hand-dated 1925.
We close with a more serene postcard of kittens in a green basket. Published by Meissner Buch, it is hand-dated 1924. Flatscher has added bright color to the design with the orange blanket and the blue bows on two of the kittens. The little white kitten in the foreground is also wearing a delicate necklace with what looks like a tiny bell. Details like this add to the artistry of Marie Flatscher's designs.
Here's a holiday gift for the pet-lovers among us - two posts showcasing Marie Flatscher's beautiful dogs and cats. We begin with puppies under a red New Year umbrella on a rainy day. Embossed lettering, no publisher given, #310 on a divided back. Marie Flatscher's artwork was so popular that her postcards were published by Dondorf, Meissner-Buch and PFB then re-published by lesser companies.
A Meissner Buch-published design shows puppies exploring a basket of bright rings. Baby's bottle stands nearby. A divided back flat postcard postmarked 1911.
Another quality Meissner Buch flat postcard shows puppies in a basket with two baby bottles on the floor. Flatscher's dog designs frequently include dachshunds.
An unusual design on an anonymous publisher's postcard. Divided back, great purple color, a wonderful image of a sack of lively puppies.
A Dondorf-published design for Easter with pups examining a tiny chick. Flatscher's animals show a natural curiosity that lends her designs extra charm.
Here curious puppies hesitate before a jester doll with cymbals - perhaps he winds up and makes a noise. The dogs' expressions are priceless. A red jester doll is one of the hallmarks of Flatscher's designs.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Collectors of "roadside" linen postcards can find some of the best designs in the attractions category. These places for fun varied widely, from activities to museums and performance venues - all had their colorful charm! Here are some of my favorite vivid linen postcards advertising these places to visit around the USA.
The Longhorn Ranch Saloon had quite a display of antlers and on the back the printed information includes, "Adjacent to the bar is the New Mexico Museum of the Old West with a collection of hundreds of priceless articles from pioneer days."
The famous New York Radio City Music Hall published this postcard with different color borders - it's a great multiview, reasonably priced and easy to find.
State Fairs have always been loved for the livestock displays, rides, baking contests and fantastic fried foods - this vintage linen celebrates the Iowa State Fair with large lettering showing off Fair attractions.
This gorgeous mermaid on a great Curt Teich linen is one in a series showing Famous Chicago Attractions.
Could a park have a better name than Idle Hour? At the bottom left several phone numbers connect the prospective visitor to the Skating Rink, the Bowling Alleys or the Park Manager's Office - just four digits in the phone numbers.
The Belgian Village postcard above shows a vignette of the Dining Room and Lounge in the circle - the information printed on the back begins, No longer need one cross the Atlantic to visit a Flemish Village and enjoy its quaintness and charm...each little house contains one or two rooms with private bath. Meals are served in the Town Hall...
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Here's a look at some of the bright linen postcards that promoted American cafes and restaurants about 65-70 years ago. Part of the 'roadside' collectibles category, these showed the ingenuity of design and vibrant colors that make collecting linen advertising postcards so enjoyable. Some collectors prefer to focus on specific states, but I like to look for great artwork. We open with a postcard from the chain of restaurants, Pig' N Whistle, with a fine art deco design set against a black background. There's advertising information printed on the back.
Above is another colorful linen postcard for a "coast to coast" chain of restaurants with a multiview design embellished with art deco details. This one is from Warren, Pennsylvania.
A huge red lobster adds impact to this design from Allentown's "Favorite Lobster Center."
A Chinese-American restaurant in Washington DC combines images from the restaurant with a silhouette of music and dancing. On the back, advertising information tells us that the "Lotus has the distinction of being the first Cabaret Restaurant established in Washington."
The modest Sugar Loaf Cafe in Utah has vintage automobiles parked outside - one of my favorite collecting images. On the back is printed "Gateway to Utah's Famous National Parks."
This Curt Teich linen advertises two elegant restaurants in Cleveland's "Beautiful Residential Suburbs" - Damon's also had a candy shop in the Hotel Cleveland.
The Steer Head Cafe in Portland Oregon had a wonderful neon sign showing a white steer head - offbeat signs are a special collecting niche in linen advertising postcards.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Recently, the question of what roles women in the US military will take in the future is again in the news...women have always been a valuable part of war efforts although not in combat roles. This post opens with a picture of WWI Red Cross nurses in a July 4th 1918 parade after the war ended.
A real photo postcard shows WWI era young British nurses holding the flag and wearing their uniforms. Many postcards exist - both photographic and artistic - showing these "Angels of Mercy" who helped wounded soldiers both at the front and after the soldiers returned home.
Some artists - above are two signed Xavier Sager examples from France - created risque images for postcards that combined the war theme and sexy women. The image on the left especially shows off Sager's witty erotic style and is from a series of women riding artillery. Note the red and white striped emblem on the woman's hat at right. These are divided back WWI postcards.
In WWII, women filled war-effort jobs at home while men were in battle overseas. The information printed on the back of the above postcard says, "Kansas has pioneered in the training and accepting of women for factory jobs. When the war production program stepped up production, Kansas factories were ... ahead of the field in the number of women employees operating machines, releasing men for the tasks demanding more vigorous efforts."
Here is a Tuck-published postcard from the UK showing a W.A.A.F. woman working for the Allied war effort.
Above is the front and back of a real photo postcard showing a French woman in uniform...it's dated 1945 and she has written that she is "thinking of you", signed Marie. It's especially interesting that she calls herself a "French Military girl" - perhaps she was sending this to an American or English soldier.
The last two images in this post are from Russia, a real photo postcard showing WWII era men and women and a 1956 continental size postcard of a soldier "ordered to the West" with a young woman saying good-bye.
Nurse images are plentiful. Although other images of women's activities during wartime are harder to find, they are an important visual record of history. An interesting collecting niche!
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Roadside linen postcards go in and out of popularity and are currently at lower prices than a few years ago - a great opportunity for collectors of these brightly colored advertising postcards from America's past. Those of us who remember family driving vacations treasure exciting memories of travel and the novelty of sleeping away from home. Roadside linens are a fun way to relive such memories. Above, we open with a multiview postcard of the Hotel Drayton in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and their motto, "Rest Assured".
We associate hotels with cities. The increasing popularity of driving vacations encouraged new titles for roadside places to stay. Here is the Branding Iron AUTO LODGE in Laramie, Wyoming. Their western theme is illustrated with the cowboy in the design.
Another new title is MOTOR LODGE that we see on this Charlottesville, Virginia place to spend the night. The 'blond' furniture was the height of fashion in the 1950s.
The BOULEVARD LODGES in Salt Lake City, Utah, include a Sinclair garage and this postcard has a map at the bottom. A collector could create a sub-set of roadside linens with maps to help tourists before talking phones and dashboards guided us to our destinations.
The HOTEL TEXAS includes a variety of western symbols on their multiview postcard and ties all the elements together with rope - a clever advertising design.
Travelers could drive right up to the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma PARK-O-TELL with a fireproof garage under the same roof and a convenient Coffee Shop. Rooms were "air-conditioned in summer, steam-heated in winter."
I have a particular fondness for linens that show vintage automobiles, so this multiview of the Del Rancho MOTEL and the restaurant "in connection" in Washington Court House, Ohio, is one of my favorites. This establishment also included a Service Station and Theater.
Roadside linens of hotels and motels offer several collecting options - a geographic region, a favorite vacation spot, fanciful designs, with-maps or other special features. No matter what niche you select, you'll get a bright and colorful view of our vintage places to spend the night.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Automobile and truck advertisement postcards are a popular collecting specialty. This post introduces some of the vivid images from the 1930s and 1940s. Above is a postcard for the 1941 Ford line of trucks and "commercial cars" - these postcards were printed with advertising on the back and the dealer added their own name. In this case, Stovall-Hilliker Motor Company, Denver, Colorado.
No advertising on this postcard - a former owner wrote 1937 Pontiac on the back.
A great undated design for Ford trucks...the printed advertising on the back says "Never before has 'Buy Now' meant so much. Don't Wait!"...from McGuire Motor Co., Lexington, Nebraska.
The printed advertising on the back of this postcard says this is a 1947 "Pontiac Torpedo Four-Door Sedan" available in a wide selection of solid and two-tone colors."
The caption on this 1941 Buick postcard goes nicely with the slogan on the back: "When Better Automobiles are built Buick will build them."
This second postcard for the 1947 Pontiac shows the attractive two-tone colors mentioned in the Pontiac postcard above with the blue sedan. Maybe it's time to revive two-tone colors on automobiles!