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Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Year Fantasy Postcards

Fantasy postcards push the creative envelope, adding imagination beyond the usual to their designs. Fantasy images can be found in a variety of categories – futuristic, social satire, romantic/sexual, greetings and holidays.

This post focuses on New Year fantasy postcards. Here we find a group of attractive postcards, all embossed, with fantastical elements. Some books and guides categorize Santa Claus and Angels as fantasy cards – we agree that the old man in red and our favorite winged friends may not be real, but prefer to search for postcards that stretch the fantasy category further.  After all, we are familiar with Santa Claus and Angels – they’re part of our culture and appear in many forms. To us, the most interesting fantasy postcards present us with images that are incontrovertibly born from the artist’s individual fantasies.  In other words, the stranger, the better. 

The hugging snow people represent  the 'animation' of inanimate objects - a common fantasy notion.  This is an especially charming design with a snow couple embracing under a full moon, observed by a curious little white bear. 

Here is a New Year train full of riches, where the conductors toss huge bags of coins (also surprisingly large) to waiting children.  What a delightful idea - there are lots of New Year designs that include images of money: wallets stuffed with bills, purses full of coins, bags of coins, coins being mined, etc.  We all hope for financial success in the New Year!

Champagne is a collecting category all of its own - we feature two champagne designs.  Above, two little cherubs ride a winged bottle of bubbly through the sky, with wings of envelopes full of happy New Year wishes.  This is a wonderfully unusual image, where every element of the design has fantasy flair.  Once again, a few gold coins add prosperity to the symbolism in this design.

A bottle of champagne in an ice bucket pops its top, sending the cork through an open window and into the sky, where a smiling moon floats among the clouds.  The champagne glasses tell us a party has taken place here already -  the clock is at midnight, a common symbol on antique New Year postcards.

Champagne isn't the only liquor celebrating the New Year - a fantasy postcard places a wine bottle and a whiskey bottle in a romantic dancing embrace.  We catch them just as they share a celebratory kiss on this unusual design with stars in the background. 

In this postcard we find little animated stars with faces riding moonbeams, laughing and playing together as they slide out of the clouds below a smiling moon.  They have golden star-shapes glowing around their heads, and more gold stars stud the dark night sky in this very vivid image. 

And finally, an Angel card we could not resist adding to this fantasy post. A beautiful blonde Angel with golden butterfly-style wings is perched in an elegant decorated plant pot.  The shamrocks indicate good luck, and the golden woven basket of bright pink roses adds to the color on this pretty fantasy New Year greeting.  

Price Estimates: Prices for fantasy postcards vary widely - expect to pay more for the most unusual designs.  The little Angel in pink and the children catching the coins may be found for as little as $5 up.  The champagne images will cost between $8 and $15 each.  The animated stars design is harder to find  and will cost $10 - $25.  Snowmen, and all variations of snow people, are very popular.  Because of their desirability, expect to pay about $15-$30 each.  The truly 'weird' fantasy cards, like the dancing liquor bottles, are more unpredictable in price.  Because some people love them, and some people find them too odd, their prices vary widely.  You might find them at auction for as little as $10, or in eBay stores or at postcard shows for as much as $30.  These are estimates for postcards in excellent condition, and they are only estimates.

1 comment:

  1. The postcards look so cute and beautiful. It gives a pleasant feeling in a good festive. Thanks for such a wonderful awesome Postcard with beautiful colors and designs.