Tuesday, August 26, 2014
As Labor Day approaches, the end of summer arrives for many...the children are back at school and adults start planning for next year's vacation. Here in Florida, the love-of-beach continues all year. This post is the last 2014 celebration from Postcardiva of Bathing Beauties, this time on real photo postcards. We open with my personal favorite, a French postcard with vivid and precise hand-colored details and a truly stunning beauty. Imaginative photographers created a wealth of studio backdrop settings for bathing beauty postcards. The image above shows striped cabanas and frothy little waves in the background, especially nice. The publisher mark at lower left is P-C Paris.
Below is a lovely bathing beauty in a beach chair on a black-and-white photo. Like the woman above, she looks into the camera with a flirtatious smile. This postcard is also from France. The publisher's name at bottom right is SUPER.
Below is another image with colorful tinting applied with precision. Note the narrow pink straps on her beach shoes. The quality of the color application reflects the quality of the postcard. Because these images show a fancy wrap with a complicated design, they are a good demonstration of the colorist's artistry. This postcard is from the same publisher, P-C Paris, who created the opening image above.
Below is a real photo postcard with more beautiful coloring. There is no country of origin printed on the back, but LUCIA is printed at the lower right corner. Again, the precision of the color application is impressive.
This slender lady in a pastel beach scene is on a British postcard from Rotary Photo. She's quite demure - more sweet than sexy - and looks away from us in a complex oceanside scene. On the back is printed This is a Real Photograph on Rajar Bromide Card.
This cheerful beauty poses in a more classic studio scene, although the photographer deserves admiration for the trick of making her appear as if she is standing in water. A French postcard, it was posted from and to Belgium. The postmark is unclear - the postcard has a divided back. This woman wears the most unusual bathing suit of any woman here, with a high degree of coverage. The rope represents a common safety measure to help swimmers stand up to the waves. The publisher name at bottom right is TRISA.
PRICE ESTIMATES: Real photo bathing beauty postcards range in price from about $8 to over $25 depending on the complexity of the color tinting and the quality of the photograph. Women with parasols are at the high end of the range and the physical charms of the bathing beauty contribute to a higher price, too. These estimates are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition, and they are only estimates.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
William Henry Barribal (1874-1952) was a popular postcard artist with an easily recognizable signature. An accomplished designer and painter, he created a series of images that were used on WWI recruitment posters in the UK. He was also a master at creating designs of beautiful women and children, and it is this talent we will explore in this post. Above, KITTY, with an impressionistic flair, is from The Barribal Series published by James Henderson of London. It is a flat divided back postcard.
This sweet little girl with a big red hair bow is from the UK Florence House Artistique series. It is also a divided back flat image.
My British grandfather was wounded fighting for the Allies in WWI. While deployed, he sent three beautiful Barribal postcards to my grandmother as shown below.
These are elegant women on divided back flat images from the Artistique series published by the Florence House in the UK. Some have English and French captions. I inherited these three postcards and then sought out the two below from the same series.
PRICE ESTIMATES: Signed Barribal postcards cost from $10 - $25 depending on rarity of design and condition. This estimate is for postcards in EXCELLENT condition, and it is only an estimate.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Shopping is a daily part of our lives, as it was in the early 1900s. Prices have changed and stores were somewhat different as seen in this post of real photo postcards from the period. Above, ladies in a millinery store investigate the newest styles in hats. At that time, a woman's dress cost $10-$14 and her shoes $2-$8 a pair.
Who doesn't love a sale? Lyons' signs look rather solid however, so their "last great sale" may have gone on for some time. Many big cities still have storefronts that look like this where quitting business signs are a permanent feature.
In 1910, the average wage was $538.00 a year. Bacon was 20 cents a pound, eggs cost 27 cents a dozen and Kellogg's Corn Flakes were 9 cents a box. Then as now, grocery shopping was a significant part of a household budget. Here are people at the Atlantic & Pacific store, the forerunner of the grocery chain, A & P.
These children are at the candy store where glass cases show off a variety of treats (peanut brittle was 10 cents a pound) that make them smile.
A horse-drawn delivery wagon stands outside the South End Market in this picture.
Baker's Drug Store shows cigars and magazines in the window.
These folks are at the butcher shop; a sign behind them advertises "chickens - live or dressed." The handwritten message on the back says, "This is the workings here now...Ted & Chris still killing and Joe is upstairs."
Price Estimates: These real photo postcards provide fascinating glimpses into the everyday lives of Americans at the turn of the century. Interiors with clear details are especially interesting and prized by collectors. Postcards like the ones shown here will cost between $20 - $40 each. These estimates are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition, and they are only estimates.