I'm the type of person who believes in full disclosure. I hope it won't ruin this postcard for you to know that German artist Ferdinand Spiegel (1879-1950) got along quite well with Hitler. If you read between the lines in the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York's bio about Spiegel,* you'll get a hint of what I'm talking about. Political correctness aside, I love this charming image: a girl in red has two darling companions, a goose and a dachshund. The German title "ein Märchen" means fairy tale. Unfortunately, I couldn't determine which fairy tale this charming scene is taken from.
Franked 1901, this card is in overall near mint condition for its age. The colors are stupendous: bold red for her dress and deep blue among the clouds. The style Spiegel uses in this card, part of a fairy tale series, is aptly described by the Metropolitan Club as "combined modern Art Nouveau trends with Medieval traditions."
About 5.5 by 3.5 inches.
If you'd be interested in collecting the complete series of 10 by Spiegel, let me know! I can tell you that this is one of the rarer ones of the set.
*Spiegel had a long career as an educator, painter, illustrator, and muralist. He contributed to many magazines including Junend and Simplicissimus. Between 1934 and 1935 he designed 12 German postage stamps. His expressions of mythology and heroism made him a favorite of the National Socialist movement, and he exhibited in the Great German Art Exposition in Munich. He also produced many war related images during World War Two. Many of his illustrations appeared on slightly oversized postcards. On these his graphic style combined modern Art Nouveau trends with Medieval traditions.
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