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

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The artwork for Advertising cards is sometimes more striking than that of other cards by the same artist. Left: Postcard illustration by Beatrice Mallet (French), is one example. Center: Postcard by Poulbot (French). Right: Postcard by Gladys Peto (English), who also illustrated children's books and designed clothing for children.

All modern continentals 2005-2010 from California. Left: Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir. Center-left: San Franciso's Double Punch promotes it's anime-like dolls by the makers of the Ugly Doll. Center-right: Renga, a store in Occidental, California. Right: Advertisment for a show featuring the work of San Francisco Women Artists.

Arts and Crafts

Left: Postcard published by Rust Craft, Kansas City, MO (USA), 1919. Center-left: Postcard published by Rust Craft, 1911. Center-right and Right: Postcards published by International Art Publishing Co., New York and Berlin, c. 1913.


Left: Postcard by Maurice Boulanger (French). Center: Postcard by Helena Maguire (1860-1909, British). Right: French card, artist unknown.

Left: Cat postcard from the Netherlands. Center: Puss in Boots c. 1904. Right: Postcard illustration by the famous Louis Wain (English).


Left: Postcard by Gus Dirks, an American who emigrated from Germany. He committed suicide at the age 21. His brother was Rudolph Dirks, the creator of the Katzenjammer Kids. Both were pioneers of comic art in the U.S. This card is from a series published by Snap Shots of England around 1902. Center: Felix the Cat (Italy). Right: Postcard by Gene Carr (U.S.).

The three above are all modern continental sized postcards. Left: A rack card advertising the release of a book featuring the work of Frank Miller (U.S.). Center: Japanese postcard featuring Astro Boy by Tezuka. Right: Masters of Anime: A Century of Japanese Animation - an exhibit held at the Smithsonian in Washington DC in 1999.


Left: Frog band by GH Thompson, published by Theo Stroefer. Center: Postcard from Germany. Right: "Old King Frog" by Gus Dirks.

Left: Frogs with fairy wings. "The Blue Bird" by Edmund Dulac. Modern reproduction postcard by Pomegranate.Right: Frog in lilypad house, posted in Germany in 1938.


The four cards above are from England.


Left: Easter Witch by Einar Nerman (Swedish). Center: An egg house by the children's book illustrator, Fritz Baumgarten (1883-1966, Germany). Right: Colorful eggs from the former Czechoslavakia.


Krampus is a colorful devil-like character who scares European children around Christmas time. There are some really nice Krampus cards out there, such as the ones shown above, as well as a lot of cards with red backgrounds which no one seems to want to buy. Left: Little girls and Krampus by Wiener Werkstatte artist Susi Singer( 1891-1955, Austrian). Singer was an illustrator and ceramicist who emigrated to California. Center: Unknown artist. Right: Children with Krampus by Pauli Ebner (1873-1949, Austrian).


All vintage postcards. Left: Postcard by Hans Boettcher, Germany. Center-left: Hansel and Gretel by Adlener, Germany. Center-right: Snails, country of origin unknown. Right: Gnome smoking a pipe by Pflug, Germany.