This post focuses on New Year postcards that are decorated with elaborate floral objects. The postcards have detailed embossing and all the International Art postcards have shining gold added. As with any antique holiday postcard, the richness of the embossing, the addition of gilding and the rarity of the design will affect value. At the top of the post you can see the Victrola (also search for phonograph or gramophone) made of violets and published by EAS; the EAS logo is in the lower left corner. There is no gilding on the phonograph postcard. The rest of the postcards in this post were all published by International Art Publishing Co., which is printed on the backs.
The violin, piano and trumpet have modest touches of gold. They all feature a garland of greenery in the upper part of the designs and have a little art deco flair. We have some of these images in both blue and purple - apparently these New Year designs from International Art were made in both bright blue forget-me-nots and in deep purple violets, although the artwork is identical. The flowers are only distinguished by their color and not by their shape.
Price Estimates: As with all antique postcards, the price on these pretty floral object postcards has gone up over the past ten years. Where even high quality postcards like the ones shown used to be available for a dollar or two, these fancy designs are now more likely to cost $10 - $15. Simpler designs can still be had for a few dollars, and you may even find them in the $1 box on a dealer’s table at a postcard show. Also, keep an eye on the lots of greetings listed on eBay auction – if you create a Search within Postcards for Floral Objects, (make sure to click the Titles and Descriptions box for your search) you will be alerted when these become available. Remember that cards are usually less expensive in lots, although most lots have a few cards (if there are just a few, you have done well) that are in less than ideal condition. These are prices for postcards in EXCELLENT condition, and they are only estimates of current prices.