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



Degami is an Italian publisher. Most of the cards have a distinctive art deco look. The cards shown here were all published in the 1920s and 1930s. Left: Kewpies. It looks like this was the artwork of Rose O'Neill, the creator of the Kewpie Doll. Center-left: Postcard by Busi. Center-right: Postcard by Castelli. Left: Another postcard by Busi.

Gibson Art Company

Gibson Art Company is based in Cincinnati, Ohio in the U.S.A. They were established in 1895 and are considered to be the third largest publisher of greeting cards in the U.S. today. The cards shown here were all published in the 1910s. I like their Halloween cards especially since they do a good job of capturing the pagan feel of Halloween. Left: Spooky elves and a witch. A sepia postcard. Center-left: Nice fairy postcard. Center-right: There are many Kewpie postcards published by Gibson. The print quality is very nice. The artist was Rose O'Neill. Left: From a Halloween series with the black cat border. There is another series with witch borders and another with pumpkins.

Julius Bien and Company

Julius Bien (1826-1909) was a trained lithographer when he emigated to the United States from Germany. His printing company was established in New York in 1849. His firm printed children's annuals and reproduction chromolithographs of Audubon's work. He then became a noted cartographer and produced thousands of high quality maps of the West as well as other parts of the United States. Julius Bien postcards are often colorful greetings of a comical nature such as the ones shown above, and were published in the 1900s-1910s.

M.M. Vienne

Max Munk, Vienna, Austria. Published cards from 1900-1917.Left: Postcard illustration by Susan Beatrice Pearse (English). Center-left: Postcard by Pauli Ebner. Center-right: Children and pixies by Agnes Richardson.Left: Postcard by Pauli Ebner with Hungarian caption. Posted in 1932.


Whitney publishing was based in Worcester, Massachusetts in the U.S.A. The cards shown were published in the 1910's-1920s.

John Winsch

John Winsch of New York, U.S.A. Published cards from 1900-1915. The cards were printed in Germany. Left: Halloween postcard by John Ryan. Center-left: Halloween postcard. Center-right and Right: Christmas postcards.