Saturday, May 24, 2014
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!
Friday, May 23, 2014
During the lead-up to and the progress of a war, governments commandeer private buildings for war uses. This happened all over the world in World War II, and many of these buildings in the United Kingdom and Australia commandeered to help the Allies can be found on the web.
There are a variety of colorful before-and-after World War II linen postcards that form an unusual collecting niche. In this post, I offer a couple of examples of U.S. hotels that became hospitals, and two other examples of Florida postcard images that changed because of WWII.
We begin with the popular Tramor Cafeteria in St. Petersburg, Florida. Above, you can see the original linen advertising postcard for the Tramor, and below you can see the 'Keep 'Em Flying' version, with American military planes painted on the sky-ceiling and V for Victory flanking the new top caption.
Here is a postcard showing the famous Don Cesar Hotel on Pass-A-Grille beach near St. Petersburg in Florida. It is still a popular hotel, although now painted an eye-catching pink.
Commandeered as a hospital, it appears in its World War II usage on the linen postcard below. Note the different spelling of the name, although it is clearly the same building. Recuperating at the Don Cesar must have included sea breezes and a healing view of the Gulf.
This postcard of the El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs, California states in the caption that it is "now Torney General Hospital." Below is a postcard of the hotel before it was commandeered.
A more subtle change appears on these two Greetings from Tampa linen postcards. WWII added the notation, "The Army Air Base City" in the letter T.