Bernhardt Wall was born in Buffalo, New York on Dec. 30, 1872. He studied at the Buffalo Art Student’s League then moved on to study in New York under Henry Reuterdahl and also apprenticed under William Auerbach-Levy. Wall began a career as a lithographic illustrator in 1889 working primarily as a commercial artist in New York and Buffalo. He soon became known as the "Postcard King" and designed over 5,000 comic cards. The year 1915 marked a defining point in Wall’s artistic career when he visited Colorado, Nevada and California making etchings of Indians, cowboys and major cities which were later published in a portfolio entitled, "Under Western Skies." These proved to be very successful and the artist shortly thereafter moved to California permanently. Wall continued to produce many fine etchings of the American West and by 1930 had also become a much respected historian of the region.
These three framed 'Teddy Bear" post cards are from the seven days of the week series, circa 1906, the time when the teddy bear was the rage. The idea may have been copied from the Sunbonnet Babies series from several years earlier.
The first card is "Friday - This Little Bear Cleans House" and is also marked "Wall"; "Copyright The Ullman Mfg Co NY 1906" and "1910".
The second card is "Sunday - This Little Bear Goes to Church" and is also marked "Copyright 1906 - The Ullman Mfg Co NY" and "1905"
The third card is "Monday - THis Little Bear Washes Clothes" and is also marked "Wall"; Copyright 1906 - The Ullman Mfg Co NY" and "1906"
Framed in black plastic frames measuring 4 3/4" by 6 1/2" in size. Great vintage condition with bright colors.