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Sunday, September 21, 2014

A GIRL's Best Friend - RPPC Females & Canines Postcards

Everyone knows that a dog is "man's best friend"...these real photo postcards from 1910 - 1930s show that dogs are a woman's (and a girl's!) best friend, too.  These are all divided-back postcards.  Some have vivid color tinting, like the French New Year greeting above.

Whether the pup poses with a famous performer as in this image above from Rotary of London, or with a pal as in the tinted French glamour pose below, the dogs add charm to each postcard.

Dogs can give us a companion, a playmate, a confidante and a protector...here are two delightful scenes of young girls with their big dogs and captions that describe what these pets mean to them.  Both of these postcards were published in the UK.

These two pretty ladies with little dogs above are both published by Rotary of London.  They have delicate color tinting.  Our last real photo postcard was published in France and shows a little girl with roses and her dog.  It was postmarked 1931 from the Netherlands.

PRICE ESTIMATES:  The real photo postcards shown in this post cost from about $8 - $14. These estimates are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition, and they are only estimates.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Clara Miller Burd (C.M. Burd) was born in 1873 in New York City.  She studied art in New York and then in Paris and also studied stained glass design later at the Tiffany studios in New York.  Her career included work as a stained glass artist, a magazine cover illustrator, a portrait painter and, most significantly, as a popular book illustrator.  Many of her beautiful book illustrations can be found on the internet. Burd was famous for her images of children, and some can be found on postcards.  We open with one of her Sunday School designs that has her signature at lower right.  Another Sunday School postcard can be seen below.  

The Rally Day illustration above is especially fine, with wonderful detail and bright colors.  Published by Westminster Press in Philadelphia, the Copyright 1911 by C.M. Burd notation can be seen on the lower left border on this postcard as on the two above it.

Above is an example of her Cradle Roll Birthday greetings, published by Eaton and Mains New York and Jennings and Graham Cincinnati.  Again, a Copyright 1911 by C.M. Burd notation is seen at the bottom left.

The following Easter postcards are published by Tuck, from the Buds and Blossoms series  #1030.   The children are lovely and we can see Clara's logo at the bottom right.  I have  included close-up details so you can see her artwork more clearly.

All of the postcards in this post are flat divided-back designs.  The Tuck postcards have delicate artwork and subtle colors.  Burd postcards can be challenging to find.  It helps to be able to recognize her artist's logo, since sellers frequently do not identify her as the artist.

PRICE ESTIMATES:  Clara M. Burd's religious designs are less expensive than holiday postcards.  The postcards here cost about $4. - $16.   These estimates are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition, and they are only estimates.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

MILITARY Large Letter LINEN Postcards

This post gives you just a glimpse into the varied assortment of  military large letter linen postcards available to the collector.  These vivid designs feature large letters, often with views of the location inside.  The first four postcards in the post are published by Curt Teich.

The following four postcards are published by a number of different companies and made by Kropp.  I especially like the Gowen Field one - a witty design of letters hanging from an airplane with little airmen on board.  

This Keesler Air Force Base design is a "colourpicture" publication.  

The last two postcards below are both made by Kropp.

PRICE ESTIMATES:  These linen postcards vary widely in price - the ones in this post cost from about $4 to about $20 each. Some are harder to find than others. If you decide to collect them, shop carefully for condition and price: they can often be found in unused fresh condition.  These prices are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition and they are only estimates.