I recently sold a set of six black and white postcards of this girl playing ball. Most card series were produced in even numbers: 6, 10 and 12. Imagine my delight to find this set of 12 featuring the same girl, which are delightfully colored! Indeed, the cards were produced by Paul Finkenrath from Berlin, well known to collectors of quality chromolithographic cards. So here we have the little girl's dress change from white to yellow, to green, pink and even lavender!
I started to divide the cards up and offer them in sets based on the color of the girl's dress, but these cards were all mailed to the same person in 1904. I'm not sure I feel right about splitting them up after they've been together for over a hundred years. I can envision these as an altered, upcycled children's book!
These cards were all mailed to Mademoiselle Marie-Jeanne who worked at a school for young girls in Cabucelle, which is a neighborhood in the 15th arrondissement of Marseille.
Some of the postal cancellations have bled through to the front on a few of the cards, but overall, especially considering their age (111 years old), these cards are in fine antique condition. To find a deluxe color series like this is a real coup.
Each card measures about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
Franked 1904, the undivided back tells us that these cards were actually printed in 1903 or earlier. In fact, based on the information from the German-based "The Postcard Album" site, I'd date these cards to around 1901 or earlier. Finkenrath set up shop with a partner on July 1, 1897. The partnership lasted only about a year. He moved his business to Berlin by 1900. The PFB “Bird” logo is the earliest logo used, circa 1901-1902. A new logo was registered in 1905.
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