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Thursday, January 24, 2013

GOBBI Art Deco Postcards

This post looks at some of the artist-signed D. Gobbi art deco designs on vintage postcards.  While Gobbi created a variety of art deco images, including pretty ladies in fanciful gowns, the postcards in this post are from my favorites featuring people in exotic settings and elaborate costumes.

These postcards are published in Italy by Majestic and have a matte finish.  They measure standard size, about 3.5 X 5.5 inches.  Two more Majestic published designs are shown below.  

Although not all Gobbi designs are romantic, couples embrace passionately in many of the images.  Note the elaborate patterns in the fabrics.

This is the fourth Majestic-published Gobbi postcard in this post.  There are subtle touches of gold added to the women's clothing in all four of the postcards.  The artist's signature can be seen at the lower right of the design.

The following two postcards have an Oriental theme, with lots of gold added to the images.  They are both published by Elite of Italy, and they also measure standard postcard size.

The dragon in the postcard above appears to be riding stylized waves...he is partly obscured by a flowering tree.  Gobbi's use of black adds visual drama to these two wonderful images, both with vivid colors and complex designs.

PRICE ESTIMATES:  Art Deco designs of all kinds, including sweet and simple holidays published by Whitney, are becoming more popular and pricey.  Gobbi postcards can be purchased from about $15 - $35 depending on where you find them.  These prices are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition, and they are only estimates.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Father Time & Travel NEW YEAR Postcards

This post shows a series of New Year postcards with Father Time holding a lantern beneath a midnight clock.  He appears in different settings, each featuring a mode of transportation at the turn of the century.  Nice embossing, golden details and wild winter weather add to the charm of this series, with the publisher's logo on the back, an artist's palette & brush with capital letter G.  Printed in Germany.  Series No. 303.  

Above, Father Time welcomes a horse-drawn coach with snowy luggage lashed to the roof, driver on the front seat blowing a horn.   

On this postcard, Father Time lights the way for an open red auto filled with people, one of whom blows a New Year horn.  Progress marches on in the transportation department.  Snow swirls and Father Time rings a bell hanging by the midnight clock.

Trains pass in the night with Father time at the station below the midnight clock, waving his lantern.  A fine image with smoke pouring from the green train. 

There are two images of Father Time with ships - here he leans out a lighthouse window and sees a traditional sailing ship.  Below he watches as a more modern ship passes by, flying an American flag.

The last image in this post shows Father Time still by the sea, this time with a dirigible in the snowy sky.  Snow frosts the top of the midnight clock, gold lettering as on each of the designs.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing this series, one of my favorites!

PRICE ESTIMATES:  We have paid between $8 and $30 for these cards, depending on the image and where we have found them.  The dirigible card was the most expensive.  These prices were for cards in EXCELLENT condition and you may find a wide range of prices, as we did.  

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2013 - here's to another year of enjoying deltiology together!