Divided back, artist-signed, unused postcard. No. 103 Pinscher (Schnauzer) Publisher: Stehli Brothers. Printed in Switzerland. Date unknown, possibly circa 1940s – 1950s.
Artist-signed postcard of a Schnauzer from a work by I. Rivst or J. Rivst, who is known for his (or her?) artwork of dogs and horses. The first initial of the artist’s name is in question. Other examples can be found online, and in some the first initial looks more like a “J.” The publisher logo appears in the stamp box and is for Stehli Frères (Stehli Brothers) of Zurich, Switzerland. According to the website , Stehli Brothers were printers of art books, fine prints and high quality color photogravure postcards, and known for their artist-signed cards of views and animals. (Photogravure is a process where an image is produced from a photographic negative transferred to a metal plate and then etched in.) Stehli Brothers was purchased by Rosenstiel’s in 1995. Besides the typical corner wear, this card has some small marks of discoloration on each side, and a horizontal mark towards the top.