Here is another postcard that captures the feel of a perfect Christmas, right down to the goose! This postcard is artist signed: O. Anders at the left of the right carriage wheel. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any biographical information about this artist. I can tell you that most of his other postcards I came across are pre-1904, from the turn of the century. Raphael Tuck & Sons used some of Anders' art on their cards. I can't help but think this Victorian style Christmas scene was once a book illustration. Verso, after more sleuthing, I determined that the W in the printer's initials stands for Vienna, Austria (Wien). On some cards, they spared the ink to print the entire word:) My theory is that this card is one of those printed after WWI when postcard companies, especially those in Germany, were dealt a death blow. Many publishers were selling their stock, images and negatives before the war started. Publishers outside of Germany were trying to squeeze out the last dollar from the Golden Age of Postcards. Hence, we have a card like this one: on thinner than usual cardstock, printed slightly off-kilter, and the barest of line designations verso, very generic, to make the card easily sellable for export to any country.
I think this card would make an incredible holiday greeting card to have printed up and customized. Postcards like this are why I got into digitizing, restoring and tweaking postcards. Bold violet-red and green colors have been added to this illustration. Look closely and you'll also see that there's a brown rabbit hanging next to the goose and the horse has also been colorized. Despite the bold magenta and green, this card has a soft, muted tone. You truly get the feel of riding in a carriage on a gray, overcast day threatening more snow.
The card is standard "antique" size of 3.5 by 5.5 inches, but as mentioned above, I think it dates from the 1920s. Overall, in fine unused vintage condition.
Please note that I've temporarily relocated. New computer screen and adjusting to new surroundings, light sources. I strive to capture the correct tones and shades in postcards, but I'm not always successful. However, I've included a direct scan as well as several photos in different light. What you see on screen may not look exactly the same in hand, but I feel confident you'll be pleased with this Christmas scene.
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