Exceptionally nice c1910 Religious Christmas postcard with an unusually detailed finely-drawn pastel color chromolithograph of Baby Jesus in the manger surrounded by child-like Christmas Angels, with a hard gelatin finish, and gold accents. The photo of this one just does not do it justice!!
Exquisite postcard image features tiny raised accents on all figures, garment designs and borders, and other major elements, including the wood-grain manger, and lettering, which were probably originally gold. The star, candle set, and wreath on the floor still have the gold accents. The gold-embossed Christmas greeting is in Polish, as is the handwritten message on the back. Surface finish is actually HARD and SHINY gelatin. Visible lines are surface CRAQUELURE in the gelatin – NOT folds or creases in the card.
In the back lower left corner is one of the logos used by E.A. Schwerdtfeger & Co., of Berlin, Germany (1894-) - a "fat" heart-shaped figure with the initials "EAS" inside. The card has a message, probably in Polish, but it is un-posted and unstamped.
PHOTO NOTE: The BRIGHT SHINY GOLD accents do not show-up well in this photo. Photos also distort the clarity of the images and sometimes the intensity of the colors. The muted "grainy" look is a distortion. The surface is actually glossy, and 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: Standard-sized postcard in excellent condition for its age. What appears as creases or folds are actually craquelure of the glossy gelatin finish. All flaws are more noticeable in the photos than in person. The central images are exceptionally clean. Corners are slightly crimped. Small areas of color loss on the corners and border edges. Message in Polish is readable. ALL FLAWS ARE OBVIOUS IN THE PHOTOS.
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