Sunday, February 15, 2015
Here are more lovely Samuel Schmucker Valentine designs published by John Winsch. All these postcards are embossed with the fancy lettering Winsch publishers used. We open with a lovely lady in a rain of hearts against a golden background, followed by two Valentine postcards with an international theme - Cupid visiting pretty ladies from foreign lands.
In the above postcard, even Cupid has dressed up in native style - very colorful!
The lady in green with a fabulous feathered hat plays a heart-shaped instrument surrounded by flying love letters, reminiscent of the flying heart being held by the beautiful woman in the last post.
A mailbox serves as a perch for Cupid in only a top hat and tuxedo jacket. He holds a pretty bare babe wearing only a hat. They are on the Valentine's Letter Box with a garland of roses, the symbol of the flying heart appearing once again. This is one of a series of mail-theme Valentine postcards Schmucher designed with more below. Witty and charming and just a bit risque, these all have wonderful detail and big gold hearts that serve as a perfect Valentine backdrop.
I hope you enjoyed these Schmucker/Winsch Valentine postcards, and that you have had a fine Valentine's Day! Warm wishes from Toni in Florida
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
As mentioned earlier, my first truly exciting find when I began postcard collecting in the 1970s was a Valentine with artwork by Samuel Schmucker, published by John Winsch. It is the dark-haired beauty using tweezers to take heart-shaped candies out of a candy box. You can see her on the March 20th, 2011 post. In this post, I'll add some more fine Schmucker designs published by John Winsch for Valentine's Day.
All the Valentine postcards shown in this post are embossed with the fancy lettering John Winsch used and gold accents throughout the designs. Above are two postcards using the same artwork but in different designs. This lovely blond woman is flanked by red fantasy hearts...in this image we see some of Schmucker's unusual dark hints...are these hearts smiling or smirking?
All sweetness and light here on two beautiful images - the traditional Schmucker 'halo' background has been rendered above with a heart and pink roses. Below, the 'halo' is a green heart with a delicate floral garland around the edge.
Below, a beautiful woman floats serenely in a swirl of hearts and a water lily, pre-Raphaelite style.
The pretty woman below has a spider-web background (like my favorite with the candy box) that hints again at the darker side of love.She holds a winged heart, perhaps a symbol of romance's fleeting quality.
A beautiful nurse bandages a wounded heart, a classic Valentine image with Schmucker elegance added.
This sleeping beauty is of particular interest because she also appears on a vivid Schmucker/Winsch Christmas postcard with Santa's face in the spot now filled with lilac-colored blossoms.
Schmucker could draw lovely ladies from any angle - here is a profile of a lovely brunette with gold highlights in her hair.
We close with another multi-use design. This gorgeous blond with an enigmatic look also graces a Christmas postcard with holly on her hat and in place of the red carnations here. For her Valentine appearance, gold hearts have been added to her fur collar and red hearts have been added to the background. You can see the Christmas version in the February 3, 2015 post.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
So much of the country is still under snow that it seems appropriate to post a selection of snowman postcards. We begin with a young Pierrot clown trying to make friends with a big snowman with coal-lump features, wearing a classic tophat and smoking a pipe. It doesn't go completely smoothly, as the second image from this series shows.
Although that snowman is unfriendly, most snowmen (snowpeople) on antique postcards are sweeter, more innocent characters. Below is one of my favorite examples, with a tiny bear watching a snowcouple embrace. They have traditional carrot noses and an umbrella leans against the snow-covered fence.
Some postcard snowmen are at the mercy of rascally children. This vivid New Year date postcard includes a wary snowman under fire with the children all armed with snowballs. Don't miss his saucepan hat!
The snowman on the postcard below is under attack, too.
Here's a gentler interaction between a courtly snowman and a little girl. They're both smiling on this German New Year postcard.
Some snowmen have human talents and abilities. This cheery fellow with a very human face plays music for a bird perched on a branch in the snowy forest. A crescent moon lights the nighttime scene. Red mushrooms and a horseshoe add traditional good luck symbols to a French New Year design.
This unusual snowman also has a human-like face with ears and a formidable nose. He wears a funnel hat and pops open a New Year bottle of champagne amid golden stars and snowflakes. Apparently, this isn't his first bottle. A witty and dramatic image from Germany.
Samuel Schmucker died young and left behind an impressive body of artwork. This post focuses on his Christmas and New Year 'winter' women on embossed John Winsch postcards. We open with a lovely lady wrapped up against the cold, skaters on a frozen pond in the background. This postcard features the circle feature found on many Schmucker designs, this time defined by mistletoe. The background is a pebbly gold and the fancy lettering is a characteristic of John Winsch postcards.
This beautiful blonde is also 'framed' by a circle, this time of holly. Her arms are full of snowballs and there is a snowy hillside behind her. Again, the pebbly gold surrounding the holly and the fancy Winsch lettering add interest. Note the distinct expression on this beauty's face - Schmucker women aren't shy retiring types.
This not-shy gal gives a snowman a hug - he seems a bit surprised.
Our fourth entry has sledders on the hillside in the background and features a lovely woman in a striped hat and a bright red scarf. She has a slight smile that lets us know she has plenty of self-confidence, thank you...
From a different series, this elegant woman is wrapped in furs and wears a stunning ermine-and-holly hat. The background has a brushstroke style.
In this design, a lovely lady holds a bizarre Santa Claus mask, adding a slightly sinister air to the image. She doesn't seem intimidated, however. Wearing a subtle smile, she appears quite up to a Christmas masquerade.
When I began collecting postcards in the 1970s, my first album purchase included a Schmucker Winsch Valentine and I've been a fan ever since. I'll share that postcard in a Valentine post.