Photo, white border. Circa 1910s – 1940s.
Price: $6.00 Size: About 2 x 2 and 7/8″
A snapshot found in a loose box of photos, location and ship name are unknown, and the date is unknown. If you enlarge the photo you’ll see three men in non-military type hats, that are walking with the officers. Maybe they are dignitaries of some sort.
Divided back postcard, unused, 1966. Photo by: Southeastern Michigan Business & Professional Women Association. Series or number 12842-C. Publisher: L. Goldberg & L. Wilson, Hazel Park, Michigan. Printer: Dexter Press, Inc., West Nyack, New York.
“1st Prize Float, Memorial Day Parade. May 29, 1966. Hazel Park, Michigan.”
That’s a helicopter represented in this flower-covered float, honoring the “Fighting Soldiers From The Sky.” Note the rotor blades that are blending in with the crowd.
Divided back, unused postcard. Phototypie by Marcel Delboy, Bordeaux, France. Series or number 46. Circa mid – late 1910s.
It’s always exciting to find a card like this – filled, or nearly so, with words. You know it meant something to the person that wrote it – it was not a casual thing. (And for us, the reader – anticipation, often resulting in…..delight!) This one is pretty special:
“A fish woman merchant. It is remarkable how there old women will balance and carry great heavy loads. They are always women – never have seen any men. One day I was walking on the road at a good pace one of these women with a basket like this on her head overtook and passed me. There was a tin can in the centre of the basket which looked like a milk can but whether full or empty I can’t say of course. On each side of the can was a live duck with their necks stretched out over the edge of the basket looking this way and that way evidently enjoying the scenery as much as any one would in a “rubber neck wagon.”
The term phototypie that appears before the photographer (or printer’s) name is, in English, collotype.
Source: Collotype. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collotype (accessed May 3, 2020).
Vintage envelope, made in France. Date unknown. Publisher: La Marelle.
Price: $2.00 Size: 5 and 1/2 x 3 and 1/2″
This one reminds me more of an underwater scene from a fantasy world: mushrooms growing from the sandy ocean floor, “seaweed” gently rolling…. butterflies navigating a gentle current…..letters grouping together to form words….
But anyway, all are appearing on the front of an unused envelope put out by La Marelle – a French publishing company that produces work by various licensed artists, on stationery, travel bags, mugs, earrings and other items. (La Marelle translates as hopscotch.)