This is one of two first communion postcards I have available, one of three sculptochromes. This one is a first communion souvenir designed for a boy. It is unused, however, verso someone did note a name followed by the word 'souvenir.' This card has a glossy finish which shows some surface wear, most noticeably when held at an angle. Above and between the angel's wings, there is a circular impression which I have shown (and circled) in one of the photos. Despite this, I'd still classify this card as in overall fine antique condition. It has been beautifully colorized by hand: pink wings, red and green flowers, blue gossamer gown. Just beautiful! It is also worth noting just what went into making this kind of photographic image a century ago before our modern computer editing programs. I've included a scan of the two communion cards side by side. Notice how the one has sculpted female supplicants in front and the this one has the boy. However, the background is the same!
Sculptochromes are real photos of 3-D sculptured scenarios. Italian sculptor Mastroianni made sculptochromes popular, so it was only natural that imitators would follow and enlarge upon his idea. While Mastroianni photographed his works created solely in clay, this unnamed artist made a montage with other 3-D elements: fake flowers, wings and even fabric to create a reverential scene. Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. The direct scans convey the color more accurately; the photograph taken at natural daylight makes it look lighter. As shown in the last photo, this is one of three angelic sculptochrome "montages" I have available. The other two are listed separately. Use the word 'angel' in the word search box to see them all.
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