Fabulous, rare, Art Nouveau, British, undivided back, artist signed postcard titled "Ready For The Park" "Morning" featuring a glamorous woman in a very chic riding habit. Published by Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co. This postcard is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Card has a stamp postmarked on February 16, 1905 in Kensington and a second stamp postmarked on February 17, 1905 in Gironde. The first stamp is a King Edward VII, Pale Yellow Green/Yellow Green, half penny stamp produced by De La Rue in 1904 and by Harrison & Sons in 1911. As this card was posted in 1905, the stamp was printed by De La Rue. The second stamp is a 10 centime brown tax stamp from Monaco issued in 1905 - this is Monaco's rarest tax stamp. Image is in good antique condition due to being posted. The front has scuffing and the postmark stamp can be seen showing through from the back. There is minor chipping around the edges and the original sender has written on the front in pen. The verso has scuffing, age-associated discoloration and a large area on the right side where the backing paper is missing. Still, a rare Art Nouveau postcard with a rare stamp.
Alistair K. MacDonald 1880?-1947
British, b. Argentina
From Metro Postcards website
The date of MacDonald’s birth remain uncertain, but by 1898 he is known to have begun producing a great deal of graphic art that included items for steamship lines, posters, and postcards. During the 1930’s he contributed many illustration to the magazine The Sketch. He worked in an Art Nouveau style that was often tinged with eroticism.
Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co. (1830-1920)
63 Miller Street, Manchester and 14-16 Silk Street, London England
From Metro Postcards website
An old publisher of books that began printing Christmas cards in Manchester in 1876. By 1881 they opened in London and began to produce advertising cards and then postcards on a variety of subjects. Most of their cards were artist drawn views and issued in sets. Some of these had heraldic designs placed on them. They also published comics, art reproductions, real photo portraits, and black & white cards from which a series on horses is notable. Many of their early postcards were printed with a linen texture. They also contracted the printing of postcards with many local publishers and through their office in New York City. The company was reorganized a number of times.
British Stamps: Definitives of 1902-1911
From Stamp Collecting World's website
Definitive British stamps for the reign of King Edward VII first appeared in 1902. Only 24 major-type definitive stamps were issued during the short reign of King Edward VII. For the average stamp collector, acquiring one example of each of the major-types is a bit expensive, but it is relatively easy. For the specialist, however, the issues of King Edward VII and King George V can be complex and very challenging. For specialization in this area, it is strongly recommended that one use the Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Catalogue, Volume 2 -- King Edward VII to King George VI. In my 1980 edition, the analysis of the issues of King Edward VII take-up the first 100 pages of the book! All of the definitive British stamps of King Edward VII have the following technical attributes in common:
Printers: De La Rue, Somerset House, or Harrison & Sons. For detailed information concerning the stamps produced by these printers, and the characteristics of the different printings, please refer to the Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.
Printing Process: Typography.
Portrait: Left Profile.
Watermark: WMK 30
Art Nouveau, British, undivided back, artist signed Macdonald glamour woman with rare Monaco stamp