This trio of 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 the style is very distinctive. This is from Finkenrath's Series 6211. I have another card from a different series available from the same unknown artist featuring the curly blonde-haired girl.
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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