Other cards in this series also show the stork wearing a ruffled bonnet and a Russian-style scarf or babushka, giving rise to the question of whether the stork is male, female, or either one depending on the artist's fancy.
Below are three different series, each with an Asian-influenced style. The one with the lady waving good-bye to the stork is the last in a series that shows the stork searching for a baby in a marsh, finding the right baby, taking him to his parents, etc. with each card marking a step in the journey. There are 6 cards, each with a deep red sun in a dramatic sky. These flat cards date from the early undivided back era, and were published by Adolph Selige in St. Louis, Missouri.
The card on the right has elements that could have come right off a Japanese kimono - round swirly clouds that look embroidered, flat areas of strong color and variations in size that make the stork very large and the baby thin and small, balancing in a basket.
The entire design gives us a flavor of cool Asian elegance with golden edges around each color on this dramatic flat card. It is marked German-American Novelty Art Series No. 1088 with a divided back.
Here is an elegant series with the captions in German, where each card has a limited color palette in the blue-green range, with highlights of black, red and white. It, too, shows Asian influence in the design, which is spare and dramatic. These early undivided back birth announcements have light embossing, and a signature at the bottom that is either Asian or initials in a design that's made to look Asian. Again, the series depicts the stops the stork makes when preparing to deliver a baby, including one titled Rast, where the baby is in a big twiggy nest atop a tiled roof, guarded by the standing stork, as though all babies had to go through the Netherlands on the way to their final destination.