This Antique postcard has never been circulated. It remains in Very Good condition though not perfect. General Greetings postcards from the early1900's do not seem as prevalent as those who celebrate a particular holiday or birthday. This card however offers a greeting; "With Best Thoughts" that can be used for most any occasion. The embossed Jonquils are trimmed and highlighted in gold which seems to add an extra dimension and the background design is gilded making the colors pop on the white background The corners are slightly soft and each of the upper corners show a little more wear than those on the lower. The card is clean and without tears or creases. The back has light age tanning but not as much as indicated in the photo. The scan of the back was darkened in order to show the imprint more clearly. An area of dried glue residue on the back suggests that this postcard was kept this nice within a scrap book.
The design on the back of the card is generally referred to as a "Winsch Back" as those by John O. Winsch Publishing most often --if not always-- had this laurel design imprint at the top. When the design is imprinted in green it seems to be without question that it was published by Winsch but when the image is in gray or black like this it is sometimes questioned as being printed by another German printer who tried to imitate Winsch. Many collectors have apparently come to realize that the the color of the imprint may not be as significant as sometimes thought except perhaps the green ink may have been used a few years later than the black or gray. Some collectors believe that the green ink imprint dates from 1910 to 1915 and that since Winsch had been in business as early as 1907 , that those cards from 1907 to 1910 may have included this imprint in black or gray. It is known that the cards of the 1907-09 period do not show the Winsch name.
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