Adolfo Busi as born in Faenza, Italy, in 1891, but it was Bologna where he studied art, worked and died (1977). A painter and illustrator, he primarily worked in graphic design for advertisers and as an illustrator of classic fairy tales for children’s books. His work was used for propaganda purposes during the First World War. Afterwards in the 1920s, he gave much more of his attention to creating posters and glamour postcards. (Thanks to my favorite postcard web site, Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York, for this information.) Les Meilleures Cartes Postales d'Illustrateurs by Neudin notes that although Busi was Italian, "his little women strongly resemble the French type." I'm not sure exactly what Neudin means by that:) On this postcard, the females are beautiful all around. Mother's arms are filled with gifts and holly, while each girl holds something different: a bear, a doll and a creche scene. If I'm reading the fine print verso, this card's printer information is dated Aug. 5, 1918, Milano. If that's not a date, I'd still say that's about right for the age of this card; as noted above, it was after the war when Busi focused more attention on postcards. The stripes and checks in the girls' clothes plus the floral design of the mother's hat are tres Art Deco. Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. HInts of wear on the corner tips, but overall, this card is unused and in near mint condition. Oh, there is a small scratch on the arm of the purple coat. I've included both direct scans and photos. The colors are rich and saturated with a matte finish. If you aren't already collecting Busi cards, this is a beauty to begin with!
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