Saturday, May 2, 2015
This post introduces a genre of antique postcards that use just one color in the design. These are called "monotint" images. Like other types of old postcards, these go in and out of style. They seem to have been undervalued over the last few years, with prices just now beginning to rise. While not as vivid as some illustrations that use a variety of colors, monotints have a decorative subtlety of their own. The postcards in this post are all early undivided back flat ones. We open with an unused summery image of a little girl dipping a toe in a cool brook. It is published by Stroefer, Serie III No. 5200. On the edge of the front it also says, Monotint-Postkarte.
This boy sitting on a fence is from the same Stroefer series, No. 5204. While the two are unsigned, the artwork is superb. The children are charming individuals in realistic settings. There is a message written on the front, hand-dated 1899. It was not postmarked, probably sent in an envelope to protect it.
This gorgeous little girl is from the same Stroefer series, No. 5213. There is a touch of soft blue-green on her bow. It is postmarked 1899 with a hand-written message on the front.
This postcard of lovely little girls playing in a Spring meadow is published by Nister, Series 45. It is unused.
Here is another Stroefer-published postcard of a little girl standing in the snow, holding a basket. It is also from the Stroefer Series III, No. 5197. It is hand-dated on the front and postmarked 1900.
All the images above are printed in a rich caramel color. However, monotints can be found in other colors. There are monotints in blue, and the one of a flirting couple below, signed by Bottaro, is in red.
This artist-signed monotint is published by Stroefer Series 391. There are 6 designs in the series, but there is no design number on the back. Although an early undivided back postcard, it is postmarked 1909 from Chicago and the sender wrote a message on the left side of the back, with the address on the right, using it as a divided back postcard.