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!
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Postcardiva on eBay has now been joined by Postcardiva1 on Etsy, featuring matted postcards for quick and easy framing in any 5X7 frame you choose. Regular mats have openings that are either too big or too small, so we use our acid-free custom-cut mats that are just the right size for antique and vintage postcards. Each matted postcard in our Etsy store comes in a crystal clear envelope, perfect for elegant gift giving. The matted postcards can also be used in multi-opening frames, adjusting the too-large openings for the ideal display. Here's an example:
The new Etsy Postcardiva1 store offers a variety of postcards matted in black or cream...here are some vintage linen New York and Ocean Grove images from the Americana category shown with frames to illustrate the final effect:
Below we offer a multiview postcard from the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exposition that shows the Tower of Jewels and the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts, matted in black. This spectacular building was rebuilt after the exposition using long-lasting materials and it still can be enjoyed in San Francisco today.
Here are some fanciful images from the Kid Stuff category with cream mats:
There are more categories in the Etsy Postcardiva1 store, including beautiful art nouveau women, holidays and greetings... come visit and like us on Facebook!
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Byrrh, a French wine-based aperitif made of red wine, mistelle and quinine, was created in 1855 by brothers Pallade and Simon Violet in the area of Thuir in France. The brothers branded the aperitif as a health drink to get around local aperitif producers' objection to competition with their established brands. The "hygienic drink" sold well in the early 20th century but didn't catch on in America.
Early Byrrh advertisements were designed by a variety of artists, some quite famous.
The early artwork on these postcards is colorful and varied, showing Byrrh being used as a tonic, usually by lovely ladies. The image above of the woman in pink is signed with the initials KS (K. Spillar) at lower right.
Advertisements for Byrrh can be found in older French films or in films set in the France of the past. In the US, one of the episodes of Mad Men, Season 4, featured a Byrhh advertisement. Byrrh is still available and is best served chilled.
Friday, August 14, 2015
This colorful series from Tuck publishers features vivid images of Carnival characters dressed in fantastical outfits. Each has a title at bottom right, and says At the Carnival at bottom left.
Beautiful women and classic clowns illustrate many of the postcards in this series.
Some of the clowns wear Pierrot-style costumes.
Columbine wears a spectacular hat of red horns on Harlequin and Columbine above.
Music plays a role in some of the images.
The women wear low-cut gowns with a risque flair.
The Cake-Walk is the most sought-after image in the series.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Arthur Butcher was an English illustrator, born in 1877 in Wood Green, London. His artwork was reproduced as postcards.
The images in this post are flat postcards from the World War I era with English and French captions. Butcher was adept at adding glamour to illustrations of women affected by the war.
We open with a woman in military attire with the caption Fall in and follow me!
Here a woman at home thinks about her beau at the front.
This is a colorful image of a sultry woman representing Serbia with the caption Freedom for ever!
This more demure image of Somebody's Darling has a stamp on the back that shows it was sold from a shop in Lisbon.
The two risque images in silhouette below are in a different style, but clearly signed with Arthur Butcher's signature:
The postcards in this post were all published by Inter-Art Company of London.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Happy Independence Day!
On this special birthday, we look at a vivid series of July 4th postcards published by the British company Raphael Tuck & Sons. I recently learned that there is a town in Britain that actually celebrates July 4th with fireworks and feasting, so in the spirit of friendship and letting bygones be bygones, here is a fine Independence Day series of beautifully embossed postcards from the country from whom we liberated ourselves!
The design elements of this series are especially fine - I like the 'shield' of stars and stripes forming the background and the super-bright colors. All the images feature children.
On the above cards, July 4th celebration shows the war for independence, music and fireworks. The young Uncle Sam represents the battle itself, while the postcards of children playing music and setting off firecrackers are about love of country and freedom.
This is the back of the divided back series, showing the series number.
Another image of a child representing a national symbol, the above postcard is of Lady Liberty (sometimes called Columbia) with a flag and fireworks. The caption says, "Teach him to hold the flag holy and high for the sake of his sacred dead." A powerful sentiment on an important day!