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Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Children on Valentines appear frequently on vintage and antique postcards with sweet or funny images that celebrate the innocent quality of Valentine wishes...after all, a Valentine can be sent to a friend, a relative, a teacher - all with simple affectionate intent.  In this post, we see three different types of child Valentines - the first images are from Ellen Clapsaddle. This opening image of a shy little girl with her fan and a bashful little boy is signed Ellen Clapsaddle at lower right and it's published by Wolf.  

The Clapsaddle signature appears at the bottom left on this vivid wintery scene of children gathered in a heart on a bright red background.  Published by International Art, it has nice embossing.

This lovely Clapsaddle image, signed at lower left, has a hopeful sentiment and a wonderful design with a red heart 'framing' an illustration of a young girl wearing elegant medieval-style dress and holding a feather fan.  It is published by International Art with nice embossing and fancy lettering.  Forget-me-nots (a perfect flower for Valentine's Day) add pretty blue accents.

Our second selection is from Whitney publishers, famous for their cute children on a wide variety of holiday and greeting postcards.  These all feature light embossing.  In the first, a girl wrestles with a classic dilemma. 

In the next two Whitney images with brilliant red backgrounds, little fellows dressed in work attire express their Valentine Greetings to sweet little girls in hats.  

The last image in this post shows two fine postcards from Winsch publishing.  These little girls are especially pretty and the postcards 'frame' them in elaborate heart-embellished art nouveau-style frames.  Gold added, rich embossing and the fanciful lettering for which Winsch is known.  Beautiful!

Happy Valentine's Day from Florida!

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