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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Artist Signed Postcards: FLORENCE HARDY

Here's an introduction to two pretty series by Florence Hardy, both published by C.W. Faulkner in the UK. The first series, #1081, has elaborate illustrations of romantic couples with a musical theme.  

For these two series, each image is signed and each has a caption.  These are divided back flat postcards with beautiful colors.

Each series has 6 images in the set.   

Faulkner & Co. produced card games and art prints as well as postcards.  They were in business from the 1870s to the 1950s.  Faulkner was originally in the Christmas card business together with Albert Hildesheimer but the partnership ended in 1885.  Faulkner took over the business, publishing a number of popular family card games.  Ethel Parkinson, also well-known for her postcards, was one of the card game illustrators.

This is the back of series #1081, with publishing information on the left edge.  

Below is series #914 with young couples in fancy dress, dancing.  On this series, the publishing information is printed on the front of the card along the left edge.

C.W. Faulkner and Co. produced calendars, holiday cards, birthday cards, painting books, and story books as well as postcards.  These Florence Hardy postcards show the quality of Faulkner printing, many items printed in Germany and Austria.   

This is the back of the 914 Series.  

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