Saturday, February 9, 2013

Greetings from the Heart


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Valentine's Day wishes are being sent to you
 via some vintage postcard images.

This first series of postcards feature three lovely ladies
 receiving bouquets from Cupid.
They are unusual because the postcards
are paper with a silk inlay.
The heart and oval shaped images are printed on silk. 



This close-up shows the muted colors selected by the artist for both the focus artwork and the background.
Antique Postcard from my Personal Collection
John Winch Publishers
Postally Unused

Golden hearts are sprinkled across deep green and blue.
Certainly not the typical color palette
 associated with Valentine's Day.
Look closely and notice the spider webs
suspending the hearts within the green band.  
Spiders were considered a symbol of good luck during this era.
Antique Postcard from my Personal Collection
John Winch Publishers
Postmarked from Michigan, 1910

This card brings a bit of traditional color 
with red and pink hearts gracing the top of the frame.
But to me, the pop of color almost looks like an afterthought.
Antique Postcard from my Personal Collection
John Winch Publishers
Postally Unused


Here are two additional cards by the same publisher, John Winch.
Dutch children are sharing love tokens.


Although these cards have a totally different theme,
they repeat the golden hearts on a field of green.
The handwritten note on the back of this card states,
"Dress in something new and fine 
Then you'll be my Valentine".
Antique Postcard from my Personal Collection
John Winch Publishers
Hand Written Message on Back Dated February 14, 1908

And nothing says "I love you" like a basket of fish! 
This lad certainly is proud of his catch.
Antique Postcard from my Personal Collection
John Winch Publishers
Postmarked  from Collins, NY on March 3, 1908


Until next time, live and love well.


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10 comments:

Shirley said...

Ohhh! Debra, These are just beautiful..I love post cards and you have a beautiful collect. John Winsch cards are highly collectable and I love the one's you have..Very nice..

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

I love all things vintage, and your postcards are fantastic, just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your collection. Visiting from Pink Saturday.

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Debra! Neat postcards, I've never seen any with silk on them. Thanks for sharing your collection. Gina

Carolyn Robbins said...

Hi Debra,

What beautiful Valentines!
I love all of them.

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words.

From your new follower,
Bear Hugs,
Carolyn

Carolyn Robbins said...

Hi Debra,

What beautiful Valentines!
I love all of them.

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words.

From your new follower,
Bear Hugs,
Carolyn

Elena said...

I loved looking at the cards. They are so pretty and it is so interesting to learn about the era. Thank you so much for sharing and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Chenille Cottage said...

Oh...My goodness! Just look at all your pretty vintage Valentines! They are gorgeous and so full of charm and nostalgia.
Your dollies are just beautiful and a perfect feature for Valentine's Day!
Have a Happy Heart Day, my friend,
Blessings,
Carolynn xoxo

Lani Padilla said...

Debra, these are stunning! I love vintage Valentines ... there's just something special about them :)

Lani

Jann Olson said...

Debra, you always have the most amazing collection of vintage postcards. These are asbsolutely gorgeous! The fish one made me laugh. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Red Rose Alley said...

I just love these vintage Valentines. My sister first introduced me to vintage cards years ago and ever since then, I was hooked. How lovely these are.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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