Divided back, artist-signed, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked December 22, 1916 from Sacramento, California. Artist: Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Publisher: International Art Publishing Co. Series 104-3.
Best Christmas Wishes…
“Fortune bright and friendship true,
Bless this Christmas-time for you.”
A Clapsaddle Christmas postcard: This one’s a bit of a departure from the artist’s more recognizable work of adorable children. It shows a hazy winter scene of evergreens, with one in white standing out in embossed relief, and three small biblical-looking figures (I think it’s the staff that gives that impression) appearing near the bottom of the stand of trees, and then a rustic wooden fence leading to the foreground.
Sent to: “Miss Bessie Ellison, 1415 G St, Sacramento, Calif.”
The sender wrote: “A Merry Xmas and a happy New Year. F. J. Reynolds.”
The postcard cancellation was advertising the “Panama California International Exposition at San Diego – 1916.”
Sources: Ellen Clapsaddle. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Clapsaddle. (accessed December 23, 2016).
Panama-California Exposition. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama%E2%80%93California_Exposition. (accessed December 23, 2016).