Friday, November 27, 2015
The quality publisher, Nister, released several series of Christmas postcards with old-fashioned styling. I think these are especially collectible, with fine artwork and wonderful colors on flat postcards. The first postcard, signed by Albertine Randall Wheelan, shows a woman with a spinning wheel that illustrates a thread of life quote. With a gold edge, this is #1639.
Above are two postcards with beautiful images of women wearing long red cloaks, both signed by C.E. Brock. They are #2776 and #2777, with elaborate snowy-day designs and strong colors. Note that both the man and boy wear cloaks and have shoulder-length curly hair showing beneath their hats.
Below are especially bright medieval-style images on vibrant Christmas postcards signed Albertine Wheelan Randall. These have fancy calligraphic lettering, strong colors and are embellished with gold. They are marked on the back with the numbers 210W, 213W and 214W.
Any of these designs would make an elegant display at the holidays. In our eBay store we have custom-cut mats just the right size to fit antique and vintage postcards - they can be used individually in any 5X7 frame or placed behind the openings in multiple-picture frames to adjust the openings to fit your postcards. Just use the postcardiva.com link at the bottom of the blog to get to our eBay listings.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Marie Flatscher's cats and kittens are just as attractive as her dogs - I especially like the way she gives each animal a unique personality and expression. This vivid greeting published by Meissner Buch combines the brilliant red of the apples with playful kittens and a green basket to create an outstanding image.
On this Meissner Buch postcard we find the same interest in colorful rings (candies?) that the puppies found so intriguing in our last post. A divided back flat postcard.
These excited kittens have found yarn in their basket. Compare to the basket of puppies in our last post. Another fine Meissner Buch postcard, postmarked 1913.
This Meissner Buch postcard shows Marie Flatscher's red jester doll close-up. He doesn't have cymbals in this image and the cats can safely indulge their curiosity. A flat postcard postmarked 1912.
There's no publisher given on this postcard and the finish is more textured than the Meissner Buch smooth surface postcards. You can tell this is a Marie Flatscher design from the expressive kittens exploring a yellow butterfly. A flat postcard hand-dated 1925.
We close with a more serene postcard of kittens in a green basket. Published by Meissner Buch, it is hand-dated 1924. Flatscher has added bright color to the design with the orange blanket and the blue bows on two of the kittens. The little white kitten in the foreground is also wearing a delicate necklace with what looks like a tiny bell. Details like this add to the artistry of Marie Flatscher's designs.
Here's a holiday gift for the pet-lovers among us - two posts showcasing Marie Flatscher's beautiful dogs and cats. We begin with puppies under a red New Year umbrella on a rainy day. Embossed lettering, no publisher given, #310 on a divided back. Marie Flatscher's artwork was so popular that her postcards were published by Dondorf, Meissner-Buch and PFB then re-published by lesser companies.
A Meissner Buch-published design shows puppies exploring a basket of bright rings. Baby's bottle stands nearby. A divided back flat postcard postmarked 1911.
Another quality Meissner Buch flat postcard shows puppies in a basket with two baby bottles on the floor. Flatscher's dog designs frequently include dachshunds.
An unusual design on an anonymous publisher's postcard. Divided back, great purple color, a wonderful image of a sack of lively puppies.
A Dondorf-published design for Easter with pups examining a tiny chick. Flatscher's animals show a natural curiosity that lends her designs extra charm.
Here curious puppies hesitate before a jester doll with cymbals - perhaps he winds up and makes a noise. The dogs' expressions are priceless. A red jester doll is one of the hallmarks of Flatscher's designs.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Collectors of "roadside" linen postcards can find some of the best designs in the attractions category. These places for fun varied widely, from activities to museums and performance venues - all had their colorful charm! Here are some of my favorite vivid linen postcards advertising these places to visit around the USA.
The Longhorn Ranch Saloon had quite a display of antlers and on the back the printed information includes, "Adjacent to the bar is the New Mexico Museum of the Old West with a collection of hundreds of priceless articles from pioneer days."
The famous New York Radio City Music Hall published this postcard with different color borders - it's a great multiview, reasonably priced and easy to find.
State Fairs have always been loved for the livestock displays, rides, baking contests and fantastic fried foods - this vintage linen celebrates the Iowa State Fair with large lettering showing off Fair attractions.
This gorgeous mermaid on a great Curt Teich linen is one in a series showing Famous Chicago Attractions.
Could a park have a better name than Idle Hour? At the bottom left several phone numbers connect the prospective visitor to the Skating Rink, the Bowling Alleys or the Park Manager's Office - just four digits in the phone numbers.
The Belgian Village postcard above shows a vignette of the Dining Room and Lounge in the circle - the information printed on the back begins, No longer need one cross the Atlantic to visit a Flemish Village and enjoy its quaintness and charm...each little house contains one or two rooms with private bath. Meals are served in the Town Hall...