Postcard publisher Max Munk of Vienna, Austria, was not concerned with giving credit where credit was due. So American artist and illustrator Anna Whelan Betts (May 15, 1873 – February 6, 1959) is not credited for this charming scenario, which was originally published in the 1905 issue of The Century Magazine as "The Valentine." Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Except for wear at the corner tips, this card is in overall mint condition.
It is interesting to compare these versions of the Vienne cards with those I have listed from the Polish Count's collection. My favorite postcard blog, the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York, says this about Vienne cards: "Their cards, manufactured in Austria, were originally printed in chromolithography that they later replaced with the tricolor process. These cards are usually just labeled M.M. Vienne." I don't know if the Count's cards are chromolithograph and these are tricolor. The printing processes used at the turn of the century are a bit lost on me. But color quality I can understand and this card has it!
This is one of several cards I have featuring the "Golden Age of Illustration" art by Anna and her sister Ethel. Use the word "count" or "Betts" in the word search box to see all of them. Remember: if you BUY MORE, you can save more! See the details on my home page:)
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