In William Barribal's "Flags of the Nations' Series," he truly does justice to the United States, depicting a dark-haired beauty (his wife was his model) enveloped in a flowing red and white striped gown holding a blue flag with white stars. Notice the eagle design on the front of her gown. Artist-signed, this is an "Artotype" postcard produced by Valentine & Sons. The Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York notes: "While most of Valentine’s cards were photo based landscapes, they also produced an Artotype series in the early 1900s that reproduced artist drawn illustrations. These were more brightly colored than their typical cards because they were produced through tricolor printing." Brightly colored indeed! Even in the photo I took at the window sill under natural daylight, the colors don't fade like they usually do. The corner tips, most notably the top left one, show wear, but no creases. Overall, I'd still classify this card as in excellent antique condition. In fact, turn it over and you'll see it's even more special. "With Marys love this is our flag 46 Stars & stripes." That little notation helps date the sending of this card to sometime after July 1908 to 1912; of course, as mentioned above, it could have been printed even earlier. I'm happy to help you collect others in this series: Russia, Great Britain, France, Japan and Germany are other nations I'm aware of. It's not impossible to find this series but it could indeed take some time to find quality cards in good condition. Typical antique postcard size: about 5.5 by 3.5 inches.
William Henry Barribal (1874–1952) was a London artist, designer and painter. His work appeared on postcards, in magazines, on playing cards and on cigarette cards, too.
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