Lot 1009: Real Photo SPECIAL ANTIQUE & VINTAGE POSTCARDS Hand-Decorated Fabric Girlie Holiday
November 18, 2012
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Details: There are at least 450 cards in this very special postcard lot. The antique ones are particularly nice, and some of them are unusual. In addition to many extra-fine quality postcards, most of which celebrate holidays, there are 15 special postcards hand-decorated with embossing, embroidery, velvet fabric, ribbon or glitter.
Interestingly, there are a half-dozen postcards that have become accidental palimpsests of the past. The velvet-trimmed cards have identical gold-printed frames, with corners decorated with good luck symbols: an anchor, a horseshoe, and a four-leaf clover; but on every card the emblem on the fourth corner has been torn off. Only one card bears the faintly embossed remains of the missing sign: it was a swastika. Obviously the card was manufactured when the swastika was a benign symbol of good luck, and forty years later someone couldn't bear the sight of it.
The vintage category also contain some interesting items, including hand-tinted real photo cards, many with greetings in Italian, colorful chromolithographs, girlie or risque cards, scenes of Oswego, NY and other localities, and about 15 postcard folders. One card is a stereotypical piece of Black Americana, and other shows a Chinese man whose robe is made of real Chinese postage stamps.
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Condition / Notes: These condition of these cards ranges from good to excellent, with most in the very good range. Most of the more special cards are protected in individual glassine envelopes.
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