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Monday, January 16, 2017

WWI Allies Butterfly Women Postcards

There are some beautiful WWI-era designs honoring the Allies - in this post, we look at a series of women as butterflies - on each, the wings have the colors/design of the country's flag.  

Published in France, the postcards have this information printed on the back.  They are all flat postcards with wonderful colors and great fantasy artwork.  

I have included some historical information from Wikipedia at the bottom of this post.

The Allies of World War I were the countries that opposed the Central Powers in the First World War.

The members of the original Entente Alliance of 1907 were the French Republic, the British Empire and the Russian EmpireItaly ended its alliance with the Central Powers, arguing that Germany and Austria-Hungary started the war and that the alliance was only defensive in nature; it entered the war on the side of the Entente in 1915. Japan was another important member. BelgiumSerbiaGreeceMontenegro, and Romania[1] were affiliated members of the Entente.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Colorful Silhouette Postcards

This post looks at a sub-set of silhouette postcards with colors added.  These are all flat divided-back postcards, some with gold added to the design as well as colors.  The first two feature Santa Claus and little Angels delivering gifts at Christmas and the third is a signed Saga Walli image of young children with Christmas candles and treats...even Baby joins in. 

Above,a silhouette of the Holy Family with golden halos creates an elegant Christmas design.

Silhouette postcards are not too difficult to find, but the ones with colors added are less common.  I like the way the colors 'light up' the silhouette designs.  

This New Year postcard of children dressed in their best for the holiday has an elaborate design with added color and a tinted blue sky in the background...a gem!  

A silhouette rabbit wears a purple ribbon on this Easter postcard while a bird sings on the perch above. Detailed yellow flowers and leaves add more color. 

Manni Grozse made numerous fine silhouette postcard designs - the signed image of a dancing couple above has a New Year caption and a subtle patterned wallpaper background.  This design is signed with initials - you may discover Grozse designs signed with his full name, too.  A careful search for silhouette postcards will create a good collection at a reasonable price.