Rose Cecil O'Neill (June 25, 1874 – April 6, 1944) was an American illustrator, artist, and writer who created the popular comic characters, Kewpies. After the growing popularity of O'Neill's Kewpie cartoons upon their publication in 1909, the characters were made into bisque dolls in 1912 by a German toy company, and later in composition material and celluloid. They were wildly popular in the early twentieth century, and are considered to be one of the first mass-marketed toys in America.
O'Neill also wrote several novels...
I've noticed several postings on the internet which have the wrong information regarding one of the greatest still life painters of all time, Catharina Klein, and I thought I would share with this group my research on her. Many of the reference books listing her are incorrect.
Catharina Klein is also known as Catherine Klein. Her name was Anglicized during WWI. She is sometimes mistakenly referred to as "Christine." Her signature is "C.Klein" and usually accompanies her work, especially in those postcards and prints closest to the original paintings which were in oil or gouache, an opaque watercolor paint. If her signature is underlined, it’s an indication of an earlier work. She rode the crest of chromolithography at the end of the 19th and into the 20th Century. Catharina Klein was born in 1861 in Eylau in East Prussia (what is now a Russian province called Kallinigrad which is actually separated by the Baltic States from...
Real Photo Studio Photography
By Susan Brown Nicholson (published with permission)
Originally Published: September 2005
There is no doubt real photo postcards are one of the hottest collecting areas in our hobby. Prices have soared over the last ten years from expensive being $25 to now nearly $1,000 each. I, even, purchased a Jessie Tarbox Beals real photo postcard for $900 last year. Some things you just have to have.
With the increasing number of collectors looking for their hometown, view prices have escalated a great deal, as well. Horse drawn vehicles, advertising vehicles, and unusual occupations will always demand high prices for their historical and social history value.
We must not forget, the majority of real photo postcards are one of kind glimpse out of time. This is not to say that more than one were not originally created, or that more than one might not possible exist today, what it is says is they were...
"Racey Helps was an English children's author and illustrator. His books were written in a simple style and featured woodland creatures and birds, with illustrations by the author. He is known for illustrating postcards, greeting cards, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and wrapping paper." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racey_Helps
Above is my favorite of the postcards done by Racy Helps. Most of his cards are animals frolicking in various glens, meadows, forests, etc., etc. I like this one because of the unique space environment and I get a chuckle out of the box of "food pills" carried by the badgernaut.
Anyone know how many unique designes by Racy Helps appear on postcards? Any Racy Helps fanatics out there want to share some more with us?
Birth and Death: Ellen Clapsaddle was born January 8, 1863 (some references denote 1865) in South Columbia, New York. She died just before her 69th birthday on January 7, 1934.
Early Years as an Artist: Clapsaddle developed her artistic skills studying at the Cooper Institute in New York City after which she spent a number of years offering art lessons to individuals, and also worked on portrait and landscape commissions for wealthy locals out of a studio in Richfield Springs, NY. She illustrated several postcards that caught the attention of International Art Publishing and was encouraged by the company to move into the city in 1890.
Working at Mid-Life: Clapsaddle honed her skills while working with International Art Publishing and her artwork was featured on calendars, trade cards, Valentine cards, and other types of ephemera from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. At the age of 40,...
"Tomtebobarnen is a fictional picture book, published in 1910 by Elsa Beskow (1874-1953). The book was written after a long stay at Liljendal in Ramsberg, Västmanland, Sweden."
"Any ideas in the book has a full page, and a short text written in rhymed verse. The book is about a little brownie family living in a Tallrot. The four brownie children are dressed in gray, but has large toadstool-like red caps with white dots."
"You can follow children and their chores during the different seasons. The children attend school in Ugglemor, playing with the animals and assist their parents to pick mushrooms and berries. When the dangerous animals like snakes will threaten them the courageous brownie father saves the children."
Thanks to Postcardy for help with translation!
Postcard collectors often ask how to recognize real photo postcards (RPPC). The easiest way to tell how a postcard was produced is to look at the card under slight magnification. Most printed cards will have some sort of dot pattern, much like a photograph printed in a magazine.
I found this great explanation of some of the various printing types used in producing postcards at “Mad in Pursuit”. She has various types of postcards scanned at 2400dpi which reveals much about how they where produced.
- Real photograph: Printed directly on to sensitized paper from a photographic negative to produce the finest grain
- Collotype: A photo-gelatin method that produced a very fine grain
- Albertype: A collotype coating on glass plates permitted high speed mass production of photographs for the first time
- Photogravure: A copper engraving plate is sensitized photographically
- Platinogravure: Brand name for...
Mathew has been producing beautiful postcards, mostly Halloween, for more than 10 years now. I was fortunate enough to have found his cards fairly early in his PC career so I am proud to say that I have a complete collection. The cards have a fairly small print run and once they are sold out they are pretty tough to find.
While all of his cards are wonderful he has a started a new series of Halloween cards that are embossed and they are amazing. To see more of his work please visit...
Originally posted by @mlmtf6
I love this purple suited Santa riding a bright yellow motorcycle. He even has a sidecar to fill with presents. How it is possible for Santa Claus to deliver all his presents in just one night? He has a flying yellow motorcycle.
But in my opinion, the best part of this postcard is that someone has written "Walter" in ink and drawn arrows pointing to the small Krampus riding in Santa's pack.
Who was Walter? Was he really enough of a brat to have a Krampus named in his honor?
For your enjoyment, an extremely rare complete set of artist-signed 10 Quaddy Post cards drawn by Harrison Cady, with verses for each card by Thornton Burgess, author of Stories for Bedtime.
The cards were published by the Quaddy Playthings Mfg Co., a Kansas City, Missouri that manufactured pull toys based on the Cady-illustrated Burgess books for a very short time from about 1916 until 1920.
The 10 cards include: HOOTY the OWL - Mrs. PETER RABBIT - HAPPY JACK SQUIRREL - UNC' Billy Possum - SPOTTY the TURTLE - DANNY MEADOW MOUSE - GRANDFATHER FROG (Rarest) - PETER RABBIT - REDDY FOX - SAMMY JAY
Below Peter Rabbit on the backs, it reads: "If you'd be a real, true QUADDY, send a card to everybody."
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