c1910 religious Christmas Nativity postcard - Baby Jesus in the arms of the Virgin Mary surrounded by angel children. The Christmas greeting is in English. Heavily embossed matte-finish card features shiny gold accents and garment trim, and exceptionally fine pastel color chromolithography. The halos of Mary and Jesus and the nativity star are all solid gold, and the garments, angel wings, and arch are all heavily accented with gold. The image is much nicer in person than it appears in this photo.
"Postcard" is printed on the back in 11 languages, together with "Made in Germany" and the publisher's logo - a shield with the initials "A.S.B." on it, and the number "171" underneath. The "B" probably indicates this publisher was located in Berlin. Message in Polish, addressed to a Norwich CT address. Postmark from New York City NY mailed on December 2, 1910.
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 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: Unused standard-sized postcard in excellent condition for its age. Pastel colors are exceptionally rich and images very clear. There are no tears, folds or other major damage. The corners are very slightly blunted. Light age discoloration and soiled edges. There is a squiggly cancellation mark that has bled-through the background along the upper right side, which is not distracting. The back has light age discoloration, and a few soiled spots. ALL FLAWS ARE OBVIOUS IN THE PHOTOS.
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