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Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Playing cards appear on antique postcards in several styles...sometimes, there are simply displays of cards, or hands of cards, with the playing card(s) being the entire illustration.  In this post, we focus on images where playing cards are part of the image or the inspiration for the design.  To open, an invitation to attend a Card Party with bright colors on a flat divided back postcard.  Unused, so it would be possible to have this card copied for current use.  

Good Luck is the greeting on this vivid embossed postcard with an unusual assortment of symbols - an ivy horseshoe, playing cards and running dogs.  Printed in Germany, a divided back postcard, also unused.  

Below, a series of Valentine postcards with Cupid offering predictions to interested youngsters, using playing cards to tell their fortunes.  Divided backs, nice embossing.  Postmarked 1910.

The design of playing cards with the suite symbol turns these early undivided postcards of pretty ladies into Playing Card postcards.  Flat cards, one a black/white design, one with coloring.

More lovely ladies appear as if characters on playing cards in these tinted real photo images of popular performers - 

This copyright 1909 postcard with divided back, flat image and vivid colors shows a newly married couple and has a caption about fortune-telling:  The 4 of Hearts in Gypsy lore brings tell-tale rice and shoes galore.   

PRICE ESTIMATES:  Playing Card postcards offer a wide assortment of designs to the collector, in a wide variety of prices.  The cards in this post range in price from about $7 to about $25, with the earliest ones being the hardest to find and the more expensive.  These estimates are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition, and they are only estimates. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year RESOLUTIONS Postcards

Happy New Year!  This post focuses on  the New Year tradition of making Resolutions to improve our behavior or reach certain goals in the following year.  Like many positive promises we make to ourselves, our Resolutions are often more honored in the breach as the opening postcard makes clear.  A flat divided back postcard with red highlights and border, copyright 1911.  

These three whimsical snowpeople Resolution postcards are published by Whitney with nice embossing and divided backs.  The Resolutions are interesting - not always the usual! - and I especially like the way the illustrations break out beyond the borders of the designs.  


Now, here's a classic Resolution that friends can support!  Gold details added to a divided back postcard with light embossing. 

This unusual Resolution postcard provides a blank space for you to write your own Resolutions.
A wonderful sunrise image with subtle colors on a flat divided back postcard. 

We close with a positive take on the New Year's Resolution - if at first you don't succeed...well, you know.  A vivid flat postcard postmarked 1914.  

PRICE ESTIMATES - New Year Resolution postcards are fun and varied, and the images in this post cost about $5 to about $15, with the Whitney snowpeople being the highest priced. These estimates are for postcards in excellent condition, and they are only estimates.