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Excellent! Antique Gottschalk, Dreyfuss & Davis Easter Postcard Fantasy Rabbit Ribbon Dance
Often considered the Maypole dance, a ribbon ritual dance has been celebrated in many cultures in Spring or Summer to "ensure fertility", to celebrate spring and spring rites, as a mid-summer ritual, and even as a celebration of Pentecost. This unusual Easter Postcard most likely portrays the Ribbon Dance as a celebration of fertility (rabbits) and the renewal often identified with Easter.
Each of the five bunnies holds a different colored streamer in their "hands" as they dance about the pole. The pole is decorated with plush spring flowers in mostly pinks and the background is graduated shades of green with gilding.
The embossed card is in Excellent used condition. There is a handwritten address to a Helen M. Kirsch Daws of Genesee County NY. The early postcard carries the logo or trademark for Gottschalk, Dreyfuss & Davis of New York whose postcards were most often printed in Germany. Their trademark features a little girl posting a card at a pillar type mailbox. Gottschalk, Dreyfuss & Davis were in business between 1909 to 1915. This postcard was part of their 2005 series trademark which likely placed publication around 1910.
The postcard is bright and clean with an unusual subject. Edges are crisp. The corners are also in very good condition with only a teeny amount of bumping (see top right corner).
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