Saturday, May 24, 2014
Artist Signed BATHING BEAUTY Belle Postcards
It's already 90 degrees on the Gulf Coast and thoughts are turning to days on our beautiful beaches. To celebrate summer, here is a post on artist-signed bathing beauties. We open with a favorite of mine, a fadeaway image by the famed C. Coles Phillips. Subtle colors, signature at lower right. A gorgeous illustration on a divided back flat postcard. The title is The Sand Witch.
This willowy beauty in red stands at the rope on a French postcard signed by artist Jean Tam at lower right. Also a divided back flat image, Les Baigneuses printed on the back.
The Seaside Girl is wearing a big smile and a blue turban on this signed Hammick postcard published in the U.K. by the Photochrom Co. from the Celesque Series. Impressionistic style on a flat divided back postcard.
The Coral Caves is a close-up portrait of a beautiful blue-eyed brunette in a red turban and sailor collar. The artist, Montyn, has signed and dated this divided back flat illustration 1910.
These lovely bathing beauties in black swim suits and long beach cover-ups are signed by Bottaro on divided back flat postcards published in Italy. Great art deco flair adds to the charm of these postcards.
Here is one bathing beauty in a popular series by H. King. Each design has a different title - this is the Manhattan Beach Girl. These are flat postcards with especially vivid backgrounds.
The artist Barribal, famous for his beautiful women, creates an alluring bathing beauty in teal turban and bathing suit on this British divided back flat postcard. The caption says it all.
PRICE ESTIMATES: Images in this post cost between about $15 and $45, combining the popular collector's Signed Artist and Bathing Beauty categories. Careful searching for quality examples can prove rewarding. These prices are estimates for postcards in EXCELLENT condition, and they are only estimates. Beware of the many reproductions found in this group!