Saturday, January 3, 2015
Champagne Toast on NEW YEAR Postcards
Happy New Year!
This post shows celebrations with champagne on postcards from 1899 to 1921 with a variety of images featuring bubbly...we open with little clowns and their dog flying into the New Year on a bottle of champagne powered by bubbles under pressure. This is a divided back flat postcard with quality artwork and vivid colors published by Meissner & Buch.
Here is a pretty lady changing the calendar from December to January, a glass of champagne in her hand. She wears a bright smile and a fetching low-cut gown. A divided back flat postcard, this is postmarked 1921.
Another cheery lady celebrates with three realistically inelegant pigs, symbols of prosperity. She wears a bright dress, black tights on her exposed legs. A German caption at the bottom of a divided back flat postcard. The pigs look a bit tipsy.
This French-captioned New Year postcard combines a big champagne bottle and a risque fantasy of men in red tuxedos pursuing a sexy woman in a frothy outfit. She appears to have popped out of the bottle. Great artwork on a divided back flat postcard, published by M.M. Vienne.
The oldest postcard in this post is artist-signed at the bottom right, with a winged midnight clock at the top - how time flies! An early undivided back flat postcard, it was postmarked 1898.
These charming little clowns are on a B.W. - published divided back postcard with nice embossing. Beneath a huge shamrock, a symbol of Good Luck, they share a toast to the New Year. They look a bit tipsy, too.
This delightful New Year fantasy of little Angels carrying a champagne bottle to the moon was published by the Illustrated Post Card Co. of New York. Nice embossing, great artwork and strong colors on a divided back postcard. I especially like the way the man in the moon's body is faintly sketched in a misty cloud-like form...this is a great series to collect, filled with wonderful fantasy images.
We close with energetic clowns suspending a big champagne bottle from a hot air balloon on a surrealistic New Year postcard with light embossing. A divided back design, the artwork on this postcard is sophisticated and unusual.
I'd like to recommend Walter E. Corson's paperback reference work: Publishers' Trademarks Identified. A useful guide for the collector!
Warm wishes for a healthy and happy 2015 from Toni in Florida.