This trio of Marie Flatscher embossed postcards was published by Paul Finkenrath of Berlin. The text at the bottom is Italian for Happy New Year. The illustrations denote the joys of winter, especially for the young. Bundled up in layers, hats and muffs, the children are oblivious to the cold, delighting in the snow and riding the sleds. All is fine as long as they still have the baby bottle and puppet to accompany them.
These cards are unused and undated. However, the history of Finkenrath's company would date these cards to 1911 or earlier. The Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York notes: "Most of their artwork was produced by artists that remain unknown to us... ." So, no artist signature but thanks to the magic of Google image search, I learned that this is the work of Marie Flatscher. Nothing is known about her personal life, but her work is gaining more and more recognition. Thanks to The Postcard Diva for this information about Flatscher: "Some tell-tale signs of a Marie Flatscher design include the old-fashioned baby's bottle, and some soggy socks drooping around the toddlers' ankles. Along with the socks, shoes are often missing or simply slippers. Her children's faces are unmistakable, though, with their sweet winning smiles and bright eyes."
I have another Marie Flatscher card, one of her more hard to find illustrations, listed here: https://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-8479/Marie-Flatscher-Child-Tree-Playing-Flute
Please note that the direct trio of scans are more accurate than the photos taken by natural daylight: dark blues, deep reds, etc.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches each. Two of the cards have tack holes. One card has 'nibbles' on the right border:) Still, despite the slightest signs of wear and age, these cards are in overall very good antique condition. Matted and framed, the focus would be on the darling kiddos indeed!
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