The short life story of the artist / illustrator Samuel L. Schmucker is almost heart wrenching. He was a man who overcame the obstacles of the crippling effects of Polio as a child to become famous in the commercial artist field. His career coincided with the Golden Age of Postcards and Schmucker's illustrations became some of the most distinctive in postcard art before his premature death at age 42. John Winsch publishing was one of the leading publishers of his work. It is known that Schmucker's wife Katherine was the model for many of the distinctive beautiful women he created on his postcards.
This easily recognized Winsch back postcard carries one of Schmucker's many unsigned designs. When he did sign his work, his initials SLS seemed to be placed arbitrarily somewhere within a portrait design and can be easily overlooked. On a graduated green background, this postcard carries one of Schmucker's lovely women dressed in a festive St. Patrick's day short dress, green leggings, and a top hat. Surrounded by shamrocks in a gilded cloud, the pretty lady sits atop a golden harp. The "Erin Go Bragh" message is written in fine script in the bottom right corner.
The embossed card is in Excellent Circulated Condition. It carries a 1910 postmark. The bottom corners show light indentations or evidence of "scrap book corners (holders), indicating the card has been kept in this wonderful condition within a scrapbook. No message was written on the card only an address in pencil. The card is crisp and clean without creases or tears.
The Love of Yesterday: Mostly Mid-Century thro the Depression to a Glimpse of Victorian...and more
SPRING is just around the corner! With a lil Luck O' the Irish, maybe no more snow after St. Patty's Day? Think GREEN!