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Antique Postcards, Group 1

Here are 300 dpi resolution images from my antique postcard collection for you to use and enjoy.  Here are twelve in this first group.  If you are having resolution problems, run into WordPress compression or need another file format, please contact me via email.  Right click and use “open image in a new tab” to download the full size image.  Please remember that I cannot confirm Public Domain / open source legal rights on the works.  Any further information on dating, origin and publishers is welcomed.  On a purely editorial note, I do love the Copperplate script and fountain pens people had used for their elegance.  We don’t have that anymore and it’s a loss for our culture.  Cursive and ballpoint pens are nowhere in the same league.  This group of 12 is in a date range from about late 1800s to 1910.

Late 1880s, probably 1880 – 1890, totally blank back. The scroll pattern in the background, border, dress piping and hat tie are all a soft metallic gold.

Brefkort, Serie 141 – c. early 1900s. Image is embossed /raised, pale gold ink on sleeve and in floral frame, not mailed.  The rose and violets are textured and bright almost metallic look with fabric, probably silk.  “With Sympathy” in Swedish.

Brefkort, Serie 141 – c. early 1900s. Image is embossed /raised, pale gold ink on sleeve and in floral frame, not mailed.  The rose is textured and bright almost metallic look with fabric, probably silk.  “Of Friendship” in Swedish.

AMP Co, Merry Christmas Series 403 (Xmas Greetings).  Online search shows 200 Series is circa 1910 so probably about 1910 – 1920, not mailed. Metallic gold background, embossed /raised image.

“410” – early 1900 – 1910 [?] – embossed / raised image.  Here is the back, there is some branding with shamrocks and a pot of gold.

Back side of “The lid is off…”  Sensual woman in my beer stein FTW!

R.H. Chicago, 1905.  The back is post marked Fort Atkinson, Wis. 9/3/1905 so I wonder if John Conrad bought it leaving Chicago.

R.H. Chicago, 1905, reverse.

c-105. No manufacturer’s information, date unknown, not mailed, the back is totally unremarkable. Our sloshed friend in the mail box with the popped collar and smashed top hat, who has lost his jacket, is some help but probably not as much as the annoyed officer’s uniform.  The belt over the three quarter length jacket is very distinctive.

H14 © N (letter in a triangle). Embossed / raised image with gold metallic ink, date stamped Peoria 10/14/1913 12-30 PM reverse only has “Laurraine Gutell Odell Ill.” in fountain pen.

Midland Publishing Co., N.Y. Series 100 / Gold Medal Art Trade Mark [owl logo] on front © J. Herman 1912 [front], embossed / raised image with metallic gold ink.

Midland Publishing Co., N.Y. Series 100 Christmas card reverse.  It looks to have been hand-delivered.  Way to save a penny and get it there in time, Ella Cobb!

12-21-13 Dear Cousin  will end this little remembrance of the season with love and wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. from Cousin Ella Cobb

Stecher Litho. Co.. Roch., NY Series 89 D, Helen E. Jeffers art, circa 1910.  Not mailed.

The Rotograph Co., N.Y., City (Germany) M 29848 – La Primavera Firenze Boticelli.  Date unknown, not mailed.  This is a painstaking lithographic color re-creation of the artwork that strongly pre-dates color photography.  It has a very canny hand-drawn, illustration look.

Not dated or mailed.  Here is the reverse:

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  1. December 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Love these postcard Shellie! Ruby

    • December 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      I knew you would love them! You should dig around out in Texas and see what you can find. ☺ I have some duplicates to trade, also.

  2. Chris Berryhill
    December 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I love these old cards. I just got a big wooden box of post cards some of which are dated in the 1940’s. They are from all over – some from Japan are very interesting.

    • December 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

      I keep looking at contemporary greeting cards, and they seems so childish and bland compared to the post cards in my collection. I like the Marjolein Bastin cards from Hallmark because at least they as based on her art style and watercolour paintings. Most cards just seem really dumb: anthropomorphic and cute animals abound, the jokes are lame, the use of text and overall designs are simplistic. Many current greeting cards mimic the .jpgs passed around online, like a quip a friend thought was funny and put on Facebook. Contemporary cards are throw away objects made by a generation with no attention span for a generation with no attention span.

      • December 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

        One card I particularly loathe has a silhouette of a baby mimicking the early iPod ads. The baby is on the floor in a crawling position and is wearing iPod earbuds with the iPod on the floor. Block text over the graphic image reads “iPood”. Yes, brilliant. This card is from a major card company and sits in a rack at the post office near my house. Future generations will surely look at this kind of ephemera as evidence of our general lack of refinement and the distress our overall culture was enduring.

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