This darling scene of "The Good Uncle" gives me Charles Dickens' vibes. It's not a Christmas postcard per se, but it sure has that generous holiday spirit to it, doesn't it? Uncle has come a-calling with packages, toys, and even a wine bottle sticking out of his coat pocket! A large basket nearby no doubt contains more edible delights. Almost stealing the scene is a small dog in a red coat.
This is an artist-signed postcard. Helmut Skarbina (1888 - 1945) signed his name under the basket. This card is unused. Other franked postcards of Skarbina that I have come across bear dates from 1917-1935 with most of them in the 1920s. Information on this artist is not to be found other than to say he was German and sites like Artprice show about a dozen of Skarbina paintings have been sold at auction. Helmut is not to be confused with Franz Skarbina, a German impressionist painter, but I can't help but wonder if they are related.
The card is about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Hints of wear on the corner tip edges of the white border, but overall, in near mint condition. I've included a photo taken at an angle to attempt to show there's virtually no surface wear! Verso, the German print says this is a Primus Postcard and I especially liked "Kunst Kenner Karte," which translates as "art connoisseur card." Printed in Berlin.
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