Wonderful, vibrant, real photo, linen postcard of horses clearing a fence line during a fox hunt in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Mailed with a 1940 US Commemorative Statue of Liberty stamp on April 21, 1942 with a very minimal address and with the delightful message:
Dear Sis - Ask Herman if he can do a value job on one of these "hay-burners."
Spring in full swing here: flowers out, days warm, liquor plentiful but expensive.
Will probably be back Sunday.
Card verso reads "GENUINE CURTEICH-CHICAGO "C.T. ART-COLORTONE" POST CARD (REG. U.S. PAT. OFF) and is marked "MACK'S 5, 10, & 25c STORES, SANDFORD, N.C." The image would have likely been black and white and then colorized using the Curt Teich five-color "Colortone" process.
Card is in very good vintage condition with minimal corner bumping and age-associated discoloration.
Curt Teich Co. (1898-1978) Chicago, IL
From Metropostcards website
Curt Teich was already working as a lithographer in Lobenstein, Germany when he emigrated to Chicago in 1895. He would start his own firm in 1898 concentrating on newspaper and magazine printing. While he was an early publisher of postcards, he did not begin printing them in number himself until 1908. As his competition dwindled his sales expanded, and his American factories would eventually turn out more postcards than any other in the United States. They they are best known for their wide range of advertising and view-cards of North America. By the 1920’s they were producing so many postcards with borders that they became recognized as a type dubbed White Border Cards. Curt Teich was an early pioneer of the offset printing process having started using offset presses in 1907. It would take a number of years before he had presses made to his satisfaction, and many more years for him to perfect the method. His innovations in this printing technique directly led to the production of what we now call Linens by the early 1930’s. While they produced many cards during World War Two, they also aided the war effort by printing many military maps. Although Curt Teich eventually turned management of the firm over to his son, he remained active in company operations throughout its history. After his death in 1974 the family business was sold to Regensteiner Publishers who continued to print cards at the Chicago plant until 1978. Afterwards the rights to the company name and processes were sold to the Irish firm John Hinde Ltd. Their California subsidiary now prints cards under the name John Hinde Curteich, Inc.
From the Relic Record website:
All cards were designed by hand and relied on images that were submitted by photographers, artists, and the general public. Most cards were printed on linen-finish paper, using one of three different printing techniques – 90% of Curt Teich Postcards were printed using the C.T. Art Colortone. This was a five-color printing process made on linen-finish stock from a black and white photo.
US Stamps: Commemoratives of 1940-1941
From Stamp Collecting World's website
For commemorative US stamps, 1940 was a huge year. The year started out with the introduction of what philatelists call the Famous Americans Issue. These thirty-five portrait commemorative stamps, separated into seven categories of five stamps each, first appeared at the end of January 1940 and continued through the end of October 1940.
Other commemorative US stamps issued during 1940 included important events in the growth of the United States, as well as a special commemorative stamp issue for what was probably the single most important political event, since the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
With the eventual involvement of the United States in World War II on the horizon, the year ended with a propaganda-themed set of pictorial US stamps, intended to publicize national defense and to reinforce American patriotic feelings.
Though the United States was at peace in late 1940, it was obvious to most everyone that the country would eventually be drawn into the conflicts in Europe and Asia that would become World War II.
The three patriotically-themed US stamps...(Sc. #899-01) were issued on October 16, 1940 to publicize the need for a strong National Defense.
The 1 C. denomination is inscribed INDUSTRY-AGRICULTURE, and it features the Statue of Liberty.
Real photo linen postcard of Southern Pines NC Fox Hunt mailed 1942