Here are six vintage postcards depicting Chinese children in regional costumes. These cards are part of a series entitled "Kelly's Chinese Kiddies Series." It was published by Kelly & Walsh, a notable Shanghai-based publisher of English language books, founded in 1876. (This set came to me via France, so these cards have circled the world in the last 80+ years!) Kelly & Walsh was most active from the 1880s through the 1930s and still operates today as a small chain of shops in Hong Kong specializing in art books. These postcards are rare and I don't use that word lightly. Thanks to an antique shop that specializes in ethnic ephemera, I learned that these cards are from the 1930s (asking price of $65 PER card) and are taken from a period painting. That's what makes these so special, in my opinion. While postcards preserved a lot of beauty, art and history, publishers also spread a lot of ignorance through stereotypes and caricatures of ethnic groups. These cards are the real thing, depicting beautiful Chinese children in authentic folk costumes. I tried to find the original source of the art, tried to trace the circular logo at the bottom of each card (artist's signature?) to no avail. Although this set of six is not the complete series, it's certainly a great head start at a bon marche price. These cards measure just under 3.5 by 5.5 inches. There are some signs of wear on the edges on some of the cards. Any specks/spots are inherent to the printing. The dividing line verso comes through very lightly on the front on a couple of the cards (that's not a crease you see). Overall, considering their age, these cards are in fine vintage condition.
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