“Postcards from the Trenches”

There will be an exhibit in Washington D.C. in August and Houston in October called “Postcards from the Trenches.” Instead of showing ordinary World War I postcards, there will be postcards that American and German soldiers painted on with watercolor.

I have seen and even own regular printed postcards from WWI, mostly of France, but I have never seen a hand painted card by a soldier. You can read more about the upcoming exhibit here.

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Christmas in July- Kewpies!



This is the only Kewpie card in my collection, and I absolutely love it! Many people often mistake Nimble Nicks as Kewpies, but they are not! Rose O’Neill wasn’t only the creators of Kewpies, she was also a sculptor and author. The Bonniebrook Gallery, Museum, and Homestead in Missouri has O’Neill’s recreated Ozarks mansion and a Kewpie museum and art gallery.

Most Kewpie cards I have looked at are selling online for $20+. I got this card on eBay, I don’t recall for how much. The postmark is not readable, but it is circa 1920.

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Washington Park Paint Palette Card

Washington Park


This is a card of Washington Park in Chicago with the scene in the shape of a paint palette. The paintbrushes that are on here are hand colored, and you can see how the scene still shows through the brushes. The publisher is The Suhling & Koehn Co., based in Chicago. There is a warning on the back that postage will be at a letter rate if anything other than the name and address is written on the right-hand side.

I believe there were other cards similar to this one when I bought it, but I can’t recall how many or what scenes they showed. It is an unusual view card since it has the paintbrushes, palette, and hand coloring.

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Message from a Soldier: Sgt. H.F. Dodge

Tea + Trumpets

Sgt. H.F. Dodge described his day relaxing in his office in a card home to his wife in Austin, Texas. I wish I could do this! I especially like the tea + trumpets part!

“(No. 1- Cont’d) Hung a “Don’t Disturb” sign on the office door, planted my feet up beside my typewriter, and proceeded to enjoy magazines and bull-___ all day. The only interruption was when I took time out for the tea and crumpets (some guy called it “tea + trumpets”!) (No. 3, next)”

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Book Review: Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935

I recently read the book Beauty and the Beast about human-animal relations as shown in real photo postcards. While this book had a lot of great images in it, it also had a lot of great information. It can be hard to find a good book about postcards that isn’t just a picture book. There were chapters that were dedicated to animals as mascots, animals as pets, animals as vermin, and all the other roles animals have played in the lives of humans. It was a very informative read, and some of Leonard Lauder’s postcards were used as examples, among other collections.image

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Red Cross Shoes Card #4

There was a couple week span on eBay where I had won a few Red Cross Shoes cards, including the ones below. This card features Red Cross Shoes in white with a sign that says “This way to cool summer smartness.” You would have been able to find the five styles below at Richard York, Inc. in their Riverhead and Patchogue stores in New York state. This card was mailed from Riverhead in May 1940, when these shoes were $6.50 a pair.

Cool Summer Smartness

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Jollies and Follies

Jollies and Follies

An early series done by Dwig is his Jollies and Follies set, published by Tuck. The cards are all weather related, and feature Dwig’s beauties on moons, suns, stars, or a globe. “Cloudy and threatening, but it may pass over” shows this lady standing on top of the world, holding her parasol. Her face isn’t very detailed, but it is easy to see she was made by Dwig by her hair and shoes.

This card has some minor condition issues, but I rarely find these cards postally used. It was mailed on January 21, 1908.

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