Monday, December 24, 2007

Season's Greetings ~ Postcards Of Yesteryear

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I believe this early 1900's postcard says it all very simply "A Merry Christmas". It is postmarked Oroweburg, Kansas 1917 with the inscription on the back of card "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from B".

And it is also my greeting to one and all "A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year"!

Some of you will recognize this card as an artist signed John Winsch card, copyrighted 1911. There were many publishers in the flourishing days of the postcard with probably one of the best known being Raphael Tuck. He purchased the art work of many leading illustrators of the time period. Some sought after artist illustrated cards would be Louis Wain, Phil May, Bertha Corbert for her "Sun Bonnet Babes, and Kate Greenaway for delightful children's drawings. Another known artist for her drawing of children was Ellen Clapsaddle. Here is a darling example of one of her Christmas postcards.

The caption is "Hearty Christmas Wishes, Plenty of Good Cheer, Good Friends Forever Near". Ellen Clapsaddle's signature is in the lower corner of the card. The card is an embossed card published by International Art Publ. Co., New York - Phila.

1 comment:

Jill said...

Wow--I love looking at old postcards, but don't often see them in such good shape. Very nice examples!