1910 color lithograph photo postcard with a glossy gelatin finish, features a beautiful image of beautiful blonde-headed boy in sailor cap and short pants suit with bright red sash – carrying a sealed letter and large basket of flowers. Not captioned.
Although heavily damaged and stained around the margins, the central image is a beautiful example of early 20th Century children's naval attire that is still a charming addition to a collection of children's images or vintage early 20th Century fashion.
There is no publication mark on the back, but the two Austrian stamps featuring Emperor Franz Josef and June 20, 1910 Austrian postmarks suggest that this was probably Austrian made. Handwritten message is in Czech or Polish, but definitely not German. Also carries June 28, 1910, Brooklyn US postmark, and Greenpoint, Brooklyn address.
PHOTO NOTE: The photos distort the clarity of the images and sometimes the intensity of the colors. The muted "grainy" look is a distortion. The colors are more vivid and the clarity greater when viewed in person. Minute defects are exaggerated by the scanning process, and many are barely noticeable when viewed in person.
CONDITION: PLEASE EXAMINE THE PHOTOS CAREFULLY. Standard-sized glossy gelatin-finished colored lithograph postcard is in generally fair, but stable, condition. Gelatin finish is brittle, with craquelure in several areas of the border only. The edges are damaged, most heavily on the corners. There are stain spots in the lower left quadrant of the border only, and which appear more pronounced in photos than they do in person. The lovely central photo image is almost entirely unaffected by most defects, which are largely limited to the border only. There is a round mark in the surface of the front from one of the Austrian postmark cancellations on the back which does involve the photo background, but not the central image of the boy. ALL FLAWS ARE OBVIOUS IN THE PHOTOS.
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