Sunday, February 28, 2010
St. Patrick's Day People Postcards
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th this year - and while there are many vivid green St. Patrick's Day antique postcards, we are focusing in this post on the designs that include people. We have examples from some top publishers, all embossed. The postcard of a beautiful lady above is published by Raphael Tuck of Great Britain. The lady wears a red bow and a leafy crown in her hair, and holds shamrocks - symbol of Ireland and of Good Luck. It is postmarked 1909 from Washington, D.C.
This postcard includes some classic design elements for the St. Patrick's Day holiday - a view of Ireland, a clay pipe, a golden harp and - again - a cluster of shamrocks. Frequently, these elements are the central design on a St. Patrick's Day postcard, but in this design they serve in combination with a pretty woman dressed in an old-fashioned outfit with a bonnet, all in green.
Here is an unusual fantasy design with a little blonde girl's face inside a giant shamrock, from The Irish Store, New York. The design is embossed while the lettering is flat. This postcard says Carta Posta on an early undivided back, "The address only to be written on this side" as was the norm from 1901 - 1907. Below is a portrait of St. Patrick, inside a green shamrock (with just three leaves) flanked by the Irish and American flags. The design is by Lounsbury, with the notation beneath the U.S. flag.
This design combines a St. Patrick's Day motif with the connection between the Old Country and the New - Ireland and the United States. Gold embellishment is added to the harp, and the flag staffs and tassles.