In the post WWI years, special occasions were celebrated, not merely with greeting cards given in an envelope, but with framed, elaborately designed poetic sentiments. Framed poetry was a more permanent and charming way to mark a special day. The recipient could hang it on the wall as a reminder of the giver’s thoughtfulness. Publishers of these unique framed poems, now known as mottos, usually started in the greeting card business or as a quality children’s book company. Prominent publishers included the Buzza Company, Art Publishing Company of Chicago, Volland, and Gibson. The finest illustrators of the times designed graphics for verses by well-known authors and poets. Economics and changing times all led to the demise of framed motto publishing by the end of the 1930’s.
This lovely motto “MOTHER” is simply marked Made in U.S.A. It is in its original grey and gold wooden frame and measures 4 ½” square, a small example of these framed pieces. The bright image in a Matisse like style in shades of teal, orange, and yellow with gold highlights shows a mother comforting her daughter beside her bed. The poem is decorated with illuminated capital letters and reads:
“The one who held me to her breast/And taught me all the Good I know/Whose loyalty has stood the test/Through disappointment, grief and woe.”
The motto is in perfect condition. Please examine the photos for more details and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for visiting my shop today.
Small Framed Motto for Mother’s Day—Mother