Thursday, April 24, 2014
Kathryn Elliott is a popular collectible postcard artist whose designs date from around the World War I era. Gartner and Bender published many of her designs on flat, matte-finish postcards with watercolor-style images. Pretty ladies in several different styles were Elliott's specialty and here we see three examples of her sweetest ladies. We begin with Best Wishes for a Happy Birthday, then view two colorful images of ladies in old-fashioned long dresses and bonnets with poetic friendship messages.
Here is a different Kathryn Elliott style with an art deco flavor. A little girl in a stylized outfit is delivering holiday gifts as she stands on tiptoe to knock on the door. This Christmas postcard has a much more vivid design, also a flat matte-finish postcard.
Kathryn Elliott could also give her ladies a sexy flirtatious look. Here is a glamorous woman with ermine trim on her jacket and ivy tucked in her bonnet ribbons receiving a kiss from Baby New Year. Some of Elliott's designs can be found in both this sepia-tone and colored versions.
Another instance of an elegant woman cuddling with Baby New Year. The woman in this image wears a stylish cloche hat from the flapper era.
Kathryn Elliott's signature is clearly added to her designs, easy to locate and read.
PRICE ESTIMATES: Kathryn Elliott signed postcards are still reasonably-priced. You can build a nice collection by spending about $8 - $15 each. These prices are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition, and they are only estimates.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The heart wants what the heart wants, and fans of Animal Planet are familiar with unusual animal friendships. In these colorful antique Easter postcards, we see the development of an inter-species romance, from the first days of courtship when Rabbit meets Chick at a dance.
Rabbit and Chick are having a lovely time at the dance, as we can see in this image. All the postcards have fine embossing and wonderful colors. Apparently this is their second dance date, since Rabbit is wearing a different jacket from our first postcard.
Chick has invited Rabbit over for a meal, and he has brought his gun and hat, perhaps having been out hunting. A rabbit who is a hunter is a nice idea - a switch on the usual situation.
The family grows with the addition of bunnies and little chicks, and Papa Rabbit welcomes each baby with enthusiasm. Here he is in a fashionable lounging outfit complete with hat.
A participatory father, here are two delightful designs of Rabbit with the children. He's giving twin chicks a bottle and balancing a young bunny on his foot. Note his pipe leaning against the green bench.
In our last postcard, we see the whole family at the table with a meal of eggs on lettuce. Papa Rabbit is spoon-feeding a little bunny, and one of the chicks is perched in a blue chair. These images are beautifully detailed - note the heart curtains that hang in the doorway of the bedroom - and designed to bring a smile...a super series to collect!
Printed in Germany is the only notation to help us identify the origin of these postcards - here is an image of the back. One of our cards is postmarked 1910, and one 1912. However, we do not know the publisher. If you know the name of the publisher, we hope you'll share that information!
PRICE ESTIMATES: These Easter fantasy postcards can be found priced between about $8.00 and $15.00. There are other similar Easter fantasy series including some unsigned Clapsaddle designs published by International Art, which may go higher. These prices are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition and they are only estimates.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
This post shows a series of fantasy Easter postcards published by Ernest Nister. Flat cards with realistic flowers, each with a little girl's face in the blossom, these are popular with collectors for their delicate details, charming facial expressions and lovely colors.
Each postcard features different blossoms and individual faces.
Crocus flowers are classic symbols of Spring, especially well-suited to Easter greetings.
The children's expressions vary from pensive to cheerful.
An elegant series from a respected publisher, these are top-quality holiday postcards for the buyer who wants to build an investment collection.