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Sunday, September 12, 2010

FANTASY Postcards - Subjects to Suit Any Collector

Fantasy postcards come in such a wide variety of designs and ideas that you are sure to find some to add to your collection, no matter what your main interest may be.  In this post, we cover just a few of the categories that are available.

We begin with a pair of hunting dogs - literally.  Our canine friends are out for game, their guns at the ready.  Dog and Cat fantasies are popular, and there are many series to look for.  If you collect cameras or automobiles, for instance, you can find dogs, cats, birds and holiday fantasies with those themes.  Here is a fine early dog-and-camera image with a space left blank on the front for the sender to write a message as the undivided back postcards allowed only the address to be written on the back:
Little girls and pretty women are favorite themes for fantasy postcards.  Some are witty, some odd, but we like the pretty ones best.  Here are two embossed examples of girls-in-flowers, a popular combination:

The girl dressed up as a pink blossom on the right is from a series of flat cards signed by the artist, Dulk.  In each postcard image, a girl portrays a different flower with dress and hat adding to the illusion.

Pretty youngsters with unusual rides comprise a large sub-group of the fantasy genre.  We offer two examples in this post - a cheerful angel in a peach dress astride a flying bird, and  a Tuck-published greeting of a little girl in an aqua dress riding a colorful big butterfly or moth.  These are both nicely embossed.

Here is a very different fantasy - an advertisement for a bicycle.  The long caption reads:  FLOYD McFARLAND, the celebrated bicyclist, with an Eclipse Coaster Brake, at Broadway and Chambers Street, New York.  
Changing the scale of elements in the image is just one type of fantasy - there are a variety of examples, including the real photo postcards, called Exaggerations, with huge animals and insects combined with smaller humans...hunters carrying enormous rabbits, men riding giant grasshoppers, etc.  Exaggeration fantasies have been produced right through the linen era to the chrome era...one enduring image is that of a cowboy riding a gigantic rabbit that appears through every era of postcard production. 

A different kind of scale-fantasy shows us a toddler in a colorful embossed Birthday greeting, 'nesting' with two great big birds.  The riding fantasies are also examples of scale variation, and we offer another below, produced in France, of a little girl being given a ride on a leafy branch, pulled along by birds.

The last fantasy here shows a scale variation with a huge daisy.  Angel and Cupid designs are sometimes classified as Fantasy postcards, although we generally prefer to give them their own names, as we do with Santa Claus and Halloween designs.  We include this card, though, because it combines several fantasy ideas:  the very large flower, the Cupid figure pulling off the petals, and the young romantic couple engaged in a bit of future-telling by examining the petals.  This is a lovely series where each card shows another petal with another written message - in the "loves me, loves me not" style.  

Price Estimates:  Fantasies vary widely in price depending on how rare or elaborate the card is.  In this post, the Dulk cards will be the most reasonably-priced as they are flat cards and plentiful.  The bicycle card is the hardest to find; expect to pay $20 and up.  The girls-in-flowers are all embossed and vary in price from about $8 - $15.  The dogs are popular and harder to find, so are generally priced at $12 - $20.  Remember, these prices are for postcards in excellent condition, and they are only estimates.

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