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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas & New Year MAGIC LANTERN Postcards

I have just four of these projector (or 'magic lantern') postcards with partial embossing and silver backgrounds.  One of my favorite series, they are difficult to find, but well worth the search.   These postcards are the result of my more than 35 years of collecting!

Each postcard has embossed holly and an embossed projector with what appears to be a screen embossed in the silver background.  The colorful projected images are flat.  All the postcards have divided backs. 

As you can see, three of these are Christmas images and the last one is a New Year Greetings postcard.  The pretty little girl in pink below resembles the artwork of Frances Brundage but is unsigned - it may be a pirated image.  There's no publisher's logo on the back of any of these, simply the words Post Card at the top center.  If you would like to learn more about the history of Magic Lanterns, forerunners of modern projectors, the Magic Lantern societies of the United Kingdom and U.S./Canada have informative sites with photographs at: 
http://www.magiclantern.org.uk/index.php and http://www.magiclanternsociety.org/

Thanks for looking, and many thanks for sharing your always-welcome comments - Best wishes for a healthy, happy 2016 from Toni in Florida

Friday, December 11, 2015

More CHRISTMAS Fantasy Postcards

I posted some Christmas fantasy postcards in 2009 - this post adds some of my favorites to the Postcardiva blog.  Several have giant walnuts like the ones serving as drink barrels above - smaller nut shells serve as cups.  Rich embossing and great detail add to the charm of these images.  Below, large walnuts make a train for a young boy playing by the Christmas tree.

This little girl uses a walnut shell as a punchbowl with the same candle-lit tree in the background.  

Cookies appear as holiday treats on numerous Christmas postcards - here an almond-decorated heart cookie forms the body of this pretty lady being courted by a gentleman apple in a tophat.  

Santa flying through the air carrying a huge sack of toys and treats appears in more than one series, some with gold details and some without.  Here is a view of him on his magical journey.

These are ornaments or dolls come-to-life on a fantasy Christmas postcard.  Behind them is a lovely branch of evergreen frosted in gold decorated with sweet treats.

I hope your holiday is full of happy moments and joyous memories - Warm wishes from Toni in Florida

Friday, November 27, 2015

Nister Old-Fashioned Style CHRISTMAS Postcards

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 CAT Postcards

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. 


Marie Flatscher DOG Postcards

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

Vintage Linen Postcards ROADSIDE Attractions

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...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Vintage Linen RESTAURANT Postcards

Here's a look at some of the bright linen postcards that promoted American cafes and restaurants about 65-70 years ago.   Part of the 'roadside' collectibles category, these showed the ingenuity of design and vibrant colors that make collecting linen advertising postcards so enjoyable.  Some collectors prefer to focus on specific states, but I like to look for great artwork.  We open with a postcard from the chain of restaurants, Pig' N Whistle, with a fine art deco design set against a black background.  There's advertising information printed on the back.

Above is another colorful linen postcard for a "coast to coast" chain of restaurants with a multiview design embellished with art deco details. This one is from Warren, Pennsylvania.

A huge red lobster adds impact to this design from Allentown's "Favorite Lobster Center."

A Chinese-American restaurant in Washington DC combines images from the restaurant with a silhouette of music and dancing.  On the back, advertising information tells us that the "Lotus has the distinction of being the first Cabaret Restaurant established in Washington."

The modest Sugar Loaf Cafe in Utah has vintage automobiles parked outside - one of my favorite collecting images.  On the back is printed "Gateway to Utah's Famous National Parks."  

This Curt Teich linen advertises two elegant restaurants in Cleveland's "Beautiful Residential Suburbs" - Damon's also had a candy shop in the Hotel Cleveland.  

The Steer Head Cafe in Portland Oregon had a wonderful neon sign showing a white steer head - offbeat signs are a special collecting niche in linen advertising postcards. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

WOMEN at WAR Postcards

Recently, the question of what roles women in the US military will take in the future is again in the news...women have always been a valuable part of war efforts although not in combat roles.  This post opens with a picture of WWI Red Cross nurses in a July 4th 1918 parade after the war ended.

A real photo postcard shows WWI era young British nurses holding the flag and wearing their uniforms.  Many postcards exist - both photographic and artistic - showing these "Angels of Mercy" who helped wounded soldiers both at the front and after the soldiers returned home. 

Some artists - above are two signed Xavier Sager examples from France - created risque images for postcards that combined the war theme and sexy women.  The image on the left especially shows off Sager's witty erotic style and is from a series of women riding artillery. Note the red and white striped emblem on the woman's hat at right. These are divided back WWI postcards.

In WWII, women filled war-effort jobs at home while men were in battle overseas. The information printed on the back of the above postcard says, "Kansas has pioneered in the training and accepting of women for factory jobs.  When the war production program stepped up production, Kansas factories were ... ahead of the field in the number of women employees operating machines, releasing men for the tasks demanding more vigorous efforts." 

Here is a Tuck-published postcard from the UK showing a W.A.A.F. woman working for the Allied war effort.

Above is the front and back of a real photo postcard showing a French woman in uniform...it's dated 1945 and she has written that she is "thinking of you", signed Marie.  It's especially interesting that she calls herself a "French Military girl" - perhaps she was sending this to an American or English soldier.

The last two images in this post are from Russia, a real photo postcard showing WWII era men and women and a 1956 continental size postcard of a soldier "ordered to the West" with a young woman saying good-bye. 

Nurse images are plentiful.  Although other images of women's activities during wartime are harder to find, they are an important visual record of history.  An interesting collecting niche!