Postcard Collecting: A Hobby

A sampling of artist-signed and topical postcards from 1898 to the present, with an emphasis on children's themes
and fantasy subjects

Children's Themes & Fantasy Topics


Children

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Left: Unknown artist. Center: Postcard illustration by the very popular Mabel Lucie Attwell, published by Valentine & Sons. Right: Postcard by Reg Maurice, published by Regent.


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Left: Unknown artist, published by Misch and Stock. Center: A chromolithograph by Helen Jackson, published by Raphael Tuck. Right: Postcard by Frances Brundage, published by Raphael Tuck.


Dolls & Toys

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Left: A Spanish postcard, artist unknown. Center: A postcard featuring Kokeshi dolls of Japan. Right: The Doll Merchant.


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Left: Dutch card with lots of toys and art deco elves. The artist name looks like Ella Riemersma. It was posted in the 1920's or 1930's (date is hard to read). Center: "We are Seven" after the poem by Wordsworth. The artist is Agnes Richardson, the publisher is C.W. Faulkner. Right: by Phlo, 1916. The publisher is J. Salmon (England).


Punch & Judy

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Left: From a series of six, published by PFB. The caption reads, No offense my beauty, I'm only just tickling your back. This postcard would also fit nicely into a Krampus collection (see the Other Topicals page). Center: A vintage, German "Gruss Aus" (greetings from) postcard. Right: A modern postcard. The back describes the origins of Mr. Punch: Pulcinella of Italy dates to the 16th century and first appeared in England in 1662.


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Left: A modern photo of an antique Punch and Judy. Right:Nice modern postcard by Rosalind Wicks (England).


Fairies

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Left: Published by Theo Stroefer, Nuremberg. Center-left: Published by Theo Stroefer c. 1898. Center-right: Published by Kopal. Right: French flower fairy and cockroach.


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Left: Postcard by Mabel Lucie Attwell featuring a Changeling from Celtic fairy folklore. This image was published by Raphael Tuck c.1920s. Center: Postcard by Rene Cloke, published by C.W. Faulkner. Right: Postcard by Lilian Govey, published by Humphrey Milford.


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Left: Fairy riding a dragonfly by Hester Margetson, published by Humphrey Milford. Posted in 1930. Center: "Queen of Fairies" by Percy Tarrant. Modern reproduction postcard by The Medici Society, London. Right: "A dragon-fly" by G.Seignac. Published by Salon de Paris.


Elves & Gnomes

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Left: Postcard from Germany. Center: A silhouette postcard by Elsbeth Forck (Austrian). Right: Postcard by Jenny Nystrom.


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Left: Postcard by Semmy Nystrom (not to be confused with Jenny Nystrom). Center: Postcard by Aina Stenberg (Sweden). Right: Postcard by Arthur Thiele (aka Carl Robert Arthur Thiele), a popular and prolific German artist.


Alice in Wonderland

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Left: Poscard by Kay Nixon (England). Center-left: Modern postcard by Joanne Bond (England). Center-right: Photograph of a drawing by Dorothy Lake Gregory, lithographed by John Gregory (U.S.). Right: Ad by Fralinger's Candy of New Jersey. The artist is Clara Burd (U.S.).


Fairy Tales

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These postcards all date from the 1900's-1920s. Left: Little Red Riding Hood by Jenny Nystrom (Sweden), published by Raphael Tuck. Center: The Sleeping Beauty by May Bowley, published by Valentine's of London. Right: Thumbelina by Eric Schutz (Austria) posted in 1912.


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Left: Giant eating children. A silhouette postcard from Germany. Center: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by children's book and postcard illustrator Ernst Kutzer (1880-1965, Austrian). Right: "Struwwelpeter," the subject of a popular German children's book from 1845 by Heinrich Hoffmann.


Nursery Rhymes

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Left: Little Miss Muffet by Ethel Franklin Betts, published by Frederick A. Stokes 1908 (U.S.) Center-left: Wynken, Blynken and Nod, artist unknown. Center-right: A soap ad featuring the nursery rhyme, Simple Simon. From England c. 1910s. Right: The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. Cut out postcard by Fletcher, 1914. (U.S.)