Marie Flatscher is one of those artists who left behind a large body of darling art work, but nothing is known about her personally. Also, most of her illustrations are uncredited. But her style is definitely recognizable. Most of her illustrations were printed on postcards by Paul Finkenrath of Berlin (PFB) or Meissner & Buch, but this particular cutie is an M.M. Vienne postcard printed in Austria. The illustration itself is in fine condition, but the border shows ink smudges and soiling. Most importantly, no creases!The frankings on this card are not readable, so I'm not sure of the age of this card, but most of Ms. Flatscher's illustrated postcards are dated from the early 1900s through about 1930. This card might have been a business freebie; note the purple stamp for Cafe Rathaus in Munich, Germany. Size: Typical antique postcard size about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
I'd like to share with you some comments from a blogger and postcard collector called The Postcard Diva. This is what she wrote in 2010: "Most of the cards shown [on my blog] were published by PFB, with some having no publisher designated. The European Flatscher designs, mostly published by Meissner & Buch, are harder to find in the U.S. They have recently ended between $14 - $60 at auction ..., most often listed by European sellers. Because Flatscher has only come to prominence in the past few years, you may still be able to find good buys on Flatscher cards at postcard shows by looking at the dealer's stock of PFB or CHILDREN postcards. These prices are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition and they are only estimates of current prices."
I have three more Marie Flatscher postcards listed here: https://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-8013/3-Antique-Embossed-European-Postcards-Children
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