A Flower Fairy Valentine

Divided back, embossed, unused postcard. Publisher:  S. Berman, copyright 1917. Series or number 7025. Printed in the U.S.A.

Price:  $5.00

Valentine Wishes….

“Dear Valentine,

What fun ‘twould be

If you would just

Do this with me.”

A charming postcard for Valentine’s day of a bouquet-offering flower fairy – atop a heart decorated with forget me nots. Her wings are gorgeous in maroon and blue (etc.) and she wears a hat of pink flower petals fastened by a garland. Note how the artist has the wings just overlapping the card’s red border. (A common design trick to add some flow and dimension.) This is another from our Alice Ellison Collection.

“To Grandma from Maebelle. Papa & mamma & I have been to Los Angeles a couple of days & mamma & I got a new hat. & I got two new dresses. Yours with love.”

To My Valentine, 1910

Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked February 10, 1910 from Los Angeles, California. Printed in Germany. Number 4129.

Price:  $3.00

A smiling cupid, with pale green gossamer wings, is knocking at the door, ready to deliver a valentine gift:  A garland of forget-me-nots which, at present, frame the doorway and drape over the large red heart. The sender wrote the year, 1910, on the front. On the reverse:

“Dear Ella, write me another one of your good letters. Dossie.”

Addressed to:   “Ella Ellison, Pueblo, Colo., 26 St. & Cheyenne Ave.”

Valentine To Ella From Alice

Divided back, embossed, unused postcard. Publisher:  Whitney Made, Worcester, Mass. Circa:  1910s – 1920s.

Price:  $1.00

“To My Valentine.”

Happy Valentine’s Day! This one’s in rough shape, for sure, but so cute though. Nice outfit (gaiters and tam o’shanter hat) on the little boy that’s sending the valentine postal to the little girl in the smaller top image. Note the climate difference.

To My Sweetheart

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A Valentine’s Day postcard with Cupid riding up in the clouds in a small golden chariot that is overflowing with forget-me-nots, and being pulled by two doves. This one is signed presumably by the sender on the bottom right of the front of the card, but the name is hard to make out. Mailed to:

“Miss Ethel Main, 299 Sunol St., San Jose Calif.”

Undivided back, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked February 15, 1907 from San Francisco, California. Publisher:  The International Art Publishing Co., New York.

Price:  $3.00

I Can’t Tell Why But I Do

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a postcard by the mysterious publisher D. Hillson, who did quite a number of cards, but who’s identity appears to be unknown. He was not found in city directories, Google Books, Newspapers.com, etc. This heart shaped design with couple kissing is one of a series of at least three (we see two others online at the moment.) But this is a funny one for the wording – murmured phrases by a couple in love:

“I can’t tell why but I do – do somthing doing all the time, you are my own arn’t you dearie. Put the lights out.”

Addressed to:   “Miss Myrtle Miller, Dunkirk, Ind.”  And the sender wrote something also a little mysterious:

“A.L. won’t say a word. It’s all O.K. though Sat. Night. H.”

Divided Back, used postcard. Postmarked November 20, 1908 from Dunkirk, Indiana.

Price:  $7.00

How About This One?

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The addressee, Charlotte R. Mount, was found on the 1910 Federal Census for Southampton, Long Island, New York. Bridgehampton is located in the town of Southampton. (Ahhh, The Hamptons – never got that till just now, duhh!) But, this is a cute card with nice colors and gold-tone highlighting, showing a gentleman trying to persuade a lady to come along with him. She’s smiling back at him while a pleased cupid looks on from the background. The sender wrote an appropriate and funny caption,  “how about this one”  and signed their initials,  “L.W.S.”

The 1910 census shows:  Theodore H. Mount, born about 1838 in South Carolina, working as a farmer; his wife Catherine L., born about 1845 in New York, working from home as a laundress; and their grown children T. Herbert Mount, born about 1866 in New York, doing day labor; and Charlotte R. Mount, born about 1887 in New York, no occupation listed.

Divided back, unused with writing, embossed postcard. Publisher unknown. Series or number 1013.


Source:  Year: 1910; Census Place: Southampton, Suffolk, New York; Roll: T624_1082; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 1390; FHL microfilm: 1375095. (Ancestry.com)

For Lousia From Lucreta And Edia

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It’s funny that this postcard with the trademark below, comes right after the prior post. Same theme – a child standing on a flat-surfaced rock reaching to put a postcard in the mailbox. Different mailbox style, and this one shows a little girl, and she is facing the opposite way as the little boy, but still!

Gottschalk tm  Gottschalk, Dreyfuss & Davis publisher trademark.

This card was found in Salinas, California, so it’s possible that the Lousia, Lucreta and Edia were from this area (but I didn’t see any matches from a quick online search.) At first glance, I must admit, I thought the names were misspelled, as in written hastily and wouldn’t it be Louisa and Lucretia?, but no, there are plenty of entries under these spellings. The postcard appears to be an artist-signed work, with initials  “M.G.”  and shows a countryside scene of a graceful young woman, holding a basket, standing in front of some blue hydrangeas, on a little path next to a river that is reflecting green and gold. A red heart bearing the inscription  “To my Valentine”  appears at the top right. A very similarly styled valentine postcard by this publisher, dated 1909, shows up online right now (on Vintagepostals.com) but for me, the artist’s name remains a mystery. I don’t see anything specific to tie these initials in with Manni Grosze, who is known for his silhouettes and whose full signature appears on his work or for another with initals MG (also silhouettes) attributed to Marte Graf.

Divided back, embossed, unused with writing. Artist signed with initials M.G. Publisher:  Gottschalk, Dreyfuss & Davis. Number or series 2019. Printed in Germany. Circa 1909.

Price:  $8.00

All A-Tiptoe

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Undivided back, artist-signed, used postcard. Postmarked February 13, 1905 from Santa Barbara, California. Artist:  Elizabeth Curtis. Publisher:  Raphael Tuck & Sons Co., Ltd., New York. Copyright 1903.

Price:  $15.00

“All a-tiptoe I will be

Until my Valentine I see.”

Here’s a beautiful E. Curtis, (Elizabeth Curtis) artist-signed postcard published by Raphael Tuck & Sons. The artwork is actually a little cut off at the bottom, but it shows a little boy in red-striped winter hat and blue scarf, with a mailbag on his shoulder, on tip-toe reaching to the mailbox. The composition is lovely with another mailbag illustrated at the top right, open and with letters falling. The card is addressed to:

“Miss Helen Huggins, 2313 Channing Way, Berkeley, Cal.”

Helen Huggins would have been about five or six years old when she received this postcard. She can be found on the 1920 Federal Census for Berkeley, at the address on the postcard, born in California, about 1899. She is with her parents, Charles W. Huggins, born Minnesota, about 1861, working as a civil engineer for the city, and Pearl O. Huggins, born Missouri, about 1871; and younger sister, Bernice Huggins, born California, about 1903. Boarding with the family is Euphemia A. Black, born California, about 1881, occupation Housekeeper.

Source:  Year: 1920; Census Place: Berkeley, Alameda, California; Roll: T625_93; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 184; Image: 113. (Ancestry.com.)

For Ever And Aye

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For My Valentine…

“A little bird told me

‘Twas Valentine’s Day,

And gave me this feather

To send you, and say:

‘I’ll love you, my sweetheart,

For ever and aye’ “

A lovely verse for Valentine’s Day – I like the “forever and aye” part, it has such a nice ring to it. “Aye” in this case means always, which is the other significance besides the affirmative “yes” that we are generally more familiar with. And this is a beautiful card, though not in the best of shape with, besides the usual corner wear, a crease in the bottom left corner, and some discoloration and soiling on the back. But the mark on the front right – this looks like it was from an error in the printing process – the colors there are the same as in the feather. I like the blue-green grayish border, and just noticed the pale shadow that the artist included, for the shaft or quill. (These subtle details are important!)

This postcard is the second one that we have posted for these publishers or this publisher/distributor duo. See Publishers Ernest Nister And E. P. Dutton & Co. (Likely E.P. Dutton & Co. was the distributor.)

The writing in pencil from the sender shows:  “To Aunt Tootsey from – Little Paul.”  The card is addressed to:  “Miss Lucy Shockey, Iola, Kansas, 12 1/2 Jackson St.”

Lucy Shockey was found on the 1920 Federal Census for Iola, Allen County, Kansas, at the Jackson street address. She is 18 years old there (and at the time this card was sent), born in Kansas, and sister-in-law to head of household Fred A. Vogel, age 35, born in Kansas, a self-employed manufacturer of cigars. His wife (Lucy’s sister) is Blanche, age 28, born in Colorado; and their daughter, Dorothy Dean Vogel, born in Kansas, is age 1 year, 2 months.

The 1910 census for Iola shows Lucy and Blanche with their parents, H.H. (doing farm work connected with the carpentry industry) and Belle Shockey, and five siblings, Alice E., Clyde, Hattie, Ellen R. and Howard Shockey. (Lucy is Lucy Belle Shockey.)

By the time of the 1930 census for Iola we find that Lucy had married Clyde H. Taylor, a steelworker, age 30, and that they had two children at this time, Evelyn R. and Robert H. Taylor, ages eight and three.

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked February 11, 1920 from Dallas?, Texas? Publisher:  Ernest Nister, London. Printed in Bavaria. Number 3532. Distributor:  E.P. Dutton & Co., New York.

Price:  $15.00

Sources:  Definition of Aye. Merriam-Webster. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aye. (Web accessed February 14, 2015.)

Year: 1920; Census Place: Iola Ward 2, Allen, Kansas; Roll: T625_522; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 233. (Ancestry.com)

“United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M2HV-HTM : accessed 14 February 2015), Lucy Belle Shockey in household of H H Shockey, Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 15, sheet 26A, family 7, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,444.

“United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV5W-J7WJ : accessed 14 February 2015), Lucy B Shockey Taylor, Kansas, United States, 05 Oct 1991; from “Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 – Today),” database and images, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing .

I Love You True

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Divided back, unused with writing. Publisher information:  Raphael Tuck & Sons “Young Love” Series of Valentine Post Cards No. 27. Art Publishers to their Majesties the King and Queen. Printed in Saxony. Circa 1914.

Price:  $10.00

“I love you true, you know I do

Oh! Won’t you be my valentine?”

Here’s another charming Valentine postcard, this one from publisher Raphael Tuck & Sons, and another in our Alice Ellison Collection; sent to:  “Henretta from Carl Stranch.”  Though there is no postmark or date, another card of the same design was found online that was postally used, and postmarked in 1914.