Undivided Back, handmade postcard, unused. 1901 – 1907.
Price: $15.00 Size: About 5 x 3″
U. S. postal changes tell us the time estimate for this very charming hand-drawn card: December 1901 the words “Post Card” were allowed (to replace “Private Mailing Card”) and then it was March 1907 when the law allowed for the Divided Back. So, we have a decent time-frame for when the card was made. And, Hughie (if he was the artist) was really very good. Look at those smooth lines, the use of the thicker ink stroke and thinner, the flow and movement, and just the overall uplifting feel, like a message of hope!
See our category from the Home Page, “Hand-drawn or Painted Cards” for a few more examples.
Handmade Victorian Era Calling Card
Price: $8.00 Size: 4 and 3/4 x 1 and 1/16″
Some people collect old handmade cards; here’s our latest offering, and it’s sure a beauty. And certainly not by the early U.S. president but isn’t that what comes to mind when you hear the name John Adams (unless of course you are someone or know someone by this name?!)
Hand-drawn party place card. April 3, 1901.
Price: $12.00 Size: About 3 and 1/4 x 2 and 1/4″
Here’s a wonderful hand-drawn, hand-colored place card made for one of Eva Blasdale’s party guests, Russell Doughty. It shows an elf holding reigns of silver ribbon which is trailing up to the sky; the elf is being led by a chick. Lovely details on the elf – you can see the buttons on the tailcoat; love the yellow pantaloons and the curly shoes and hat. The party date is April 3, 1901, which was a Wednesday.
Handmade card. Circa early 1900s. Size: About 3 and 1/2 x 5 and 1/2″
On the reverse: “Bessie Geo made this card.” “J. H. + ? ?”
It’s not often that you come across handmade cards and here’s a nice one, kind of funny, too. The artwork is pretty good, the leaves at the top, in particular. That would be a poinsettia in the gold heart, and of course a rose. If you can imagine one possibility for the life of this card: It gets made, maybe for Christmas, but not sent, handed off to some family member who’s going to use it later for Valentine’s Day. That person puts their initials and their sweetheart’s initials on it, “J. H. + “whoever.” Then the boyfriend or girlfriend falls out of favor, the initials get erased, (top left front) and J. H. decides he or she will leave this sweetheart question to be determined in the future. Later, another family member comes across it and sends it to Bessie. (See the writing on the left side of the back.) And how about that embossing, pretty good, eh?