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CARDS & FAIRY POSTCARDS
FANTASÍA / FANTASIE / IMAGINATION / PHANTASIE /
FANTAZIJA / FANTAZIE / FANTASI / FANTÁZIA / FANTASIEN /
ÍMYNDUNARAFL / FANTASIA / FANTASI / FANTAZJOYWANIE /
BELO / SAJAM / LIGELIG / TAMELIJK / JUSTO /
VÁSÁR / SANNGJARN / DUENDES / JARMARK
FEIRA / CORECT / PRAVEDAN / PLAV / DUENDES
FEEN / MARKNADEN / DYLWYTH TEG / FÉES
|"1194 PARIS. - Notre-Dame. -
Chimère" showing a macabre gargoyle up close, black & white from Levy et Neurdein
Réunis, unused, lightly toned back. $4.00 fm
"'20th Century Air Line' Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kansas City, Chicago and New York. / ________ Comin on the next air ship. Speed 59 miles." with unsigned fantasy art showing an improbable airship Meteor No. 87 with its passengers suspended in a canoe-shaped gondola, unused postcard whose design was copyrighted in 1910, numerous small shallow pits on both sides obscure little. Rare, the image never caught on. $10.00 f
"521. Köln, Heinzelmännchen - Brunnen" showing pedestrians admiring a statue & fountain commemorating the tailor's wife who (in a fairy tale) made all the town's citizens do their own work, near the front of the Hotel Reichshof; black & white post card that was separated neatly from a booklet, very late usage at Millersville Ohio, light fingerprint toning on the back. $2.75 pf
"All / Happiness / for / Easter" angel in egg car is drawn by two chicks in blue-ribbon harness. color from International Art Publishing, writing on back, brownish paper, embossed, mild wear to bottom corners, lightly toned front. $4.50 fa
"Auf de schwäbische Eisebahne! / Bild 4" with German poem beneath. Rough translation: When the little train gets stuck again / The farmer looked for his goat / All he finds is a head and a rope / On the back of the train car / This puts the farmer into a wild rage / He takes the goat's head by the horn / And throws it in whatever direction he can / Right past the conductor's ears / That's the song of the farmer / Who lost his billy goat / ... / Let's raise our glasses and drink to the health / Of the Swabian railway." unused postcard from Serie Nr. 200 in 4 Bilds, trivial corner & edge wear. More fully, the name of the railway is Mittelschwabenbahn or Central Swabian Railway. Henri Boutet was a French Belle Époque artist whose work is frequently seen only in small limited editions. He died in 1919. $28.00 a(b)fpr(m)
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"CAN YOU BEAT IT?" two vegetable heads with eyes and mouths conversing on postcard, 2 corner creases, traces of cancel ink on front, corner wear & rounding. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 fv
"Das Märchen von der Altweibermühle / Nr. 220" showing Boutet fantasy art depicting a rejuvenation machine for men & women (double charge for old virgins), many signs in German -- come on into the box, old woman's mill, virgins over 60 pay double, new division for gentlemen, marriage office, etc.; unused post card, brownish paper, mild corner & edge wear. $28.00 a(b)f
"Diefenbach: Per aspera ad astra Teilbild 3" Art Nouveau Karl Diefenbach silhouette of nude fairies on a goat cart and bicycle, black & white Postkarte advertising the availability of prints on back (with prices), 1911 copyright date on back, back paper browning with age, a few tiny spots of abraision on back obscure nothing, minor wear at 2 corners. $8.50 sbfa
"Die Jungfrau" reclining lady in diaphanous wrap reclines on a Swiss mountain scene, four men climbing her, smiling moon with hands peeking at the scene; black & white postcard with red caption on brownish paper, unused, publisher not stated. $20.00 sf *
"Easter / GREETING" two rabbits drive an auto laden with large egg & small flowers, color embossed postcard mailed 1907 at East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania, extraneous writing on back, minor corner wear. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 fe
"Easter Greetings" two rabbits on a bicycle built for two, deeply embossed with felt-like finish; postcard mailed circa 1908 at Woodstock Illinois to Mr. Floyd Twiss in Java New York, partial cancel on front, mild corner wear, a little toning near the stamp & the right front. $2.50 efb
"F. E. Myers & Bro. // ASHLAND / OHIO // Force / AND / Lift Pumps / AND / Hay Tools // WORLDS / FAIR" and wonderful art in full color depicting elves around a globe. Just a little toning near the back edges. Detailed agricultural product list over all the back: combination hay carriers, stacking carrier outfits, double harpoon forks, Walker forks, knot passing pulleys, thresher tank pumps & many more. Large size: a little longer than a continental postcard, but not quite as tall. The hay carrier was invented by them in 1884 & double harpoon forks were invented in 1892, which gives us a basis for our estimated age as the Columbian Exposition (which was a World's Fair) in 1893. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 oaafge*
Fleming Brothers Crudoform Liniment advertising card for treatment of stiffness, bruises, sprains, etc.; approximately 4"x 6-1/2", art showing a fantasy scene in which a group of high-wheeling cats excite some dogs & people as they pass by, lightly toned front, back has large thins due to album removal obscuring some text. $4.00 acdfm
"Garden of Love" man & woman approach farmer in cabbage patch growing babies, color mailed 1908 in Canton Ohio, minor corner & edge wear. $5.00 f%
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"Glamour Shots / 'Storybook Products' / Glamour Shots" with 4 examples of children dressed fancifully as angels & fairies; unused continental postcard, price printed on back corrected by hand, otherwise fresh. $1.25 pae
"Greetings / from / [Jacksonville Ohio]" fantasy generic postcard for the small village has art showing 2 beautiful children atop a shell being pulled by a very large fish caught by a ribbon, postcard mailed there AUG 20 1910 to Miss Vesta Morrow of North Berne Ohio, mild corner rounding, a light water stain at the top corners. The placename was penned by hand to complete the caption, and its ink has smeared just a bit. The embossing is quite detailed. $6.00 o(j)sffc Generic postcards explained.
"Gruss vom Berner Oberland" with woman's face on distant Swiss mountain, color, Guggenheim & Co. No. 13589, unused, lightly toned back, corner & edge wear, light surface abrasions on front. $2.75 fs%
"Happy Easter-Tide" 3 helmeted chicks with eggs--one monocled another grasping a pussy-willow branch, embossed post card, printed in Germany, brownish paper, writing on back, circa 1912, light album marks at the front corner, one corner with multiple creases. $4.50 fe
"Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd" with tiny doll racing down stairs with a bunch of flowers, color, used 1926 in the Netherlands, stamp removed, corner & edge wear, faint corner crease. $3.25 f
"HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWUNSCH / ZUM GEBURTSTAGE" fantasy birthday wishes post card mailed 15.7.15 at Osterode am Harz (Thuringia) to Carl Ludwig in Cleveland Ohio by his father-in-law, messaged in Germanic script partly in Italian partly in German, 2 corners with noticeable color flaked off, other edge wear is minor. $4.25 fbg
"Herzliche Ostergrüsse!" with unsigned art depicting several rabbits about to take off in a plane, several well-wishers nearby; postcard mailed 16 4 33 from Bad Aachen, rough edges as issued, upper corner creased twice, heavily toned back. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 ef
"HIGH LIFE IN MILWAUKEE" art with a fanciful biplane carrying miller High Life Beer, propelled with beer bottle propellers over the Miller Brewing Company plant; postcard mailed DEC 29 1914 at Milwaukee, long upper corner crease. In the Wisconsin Historical Society Collection with an age estimate of 1911. But we could find no other actual offer, past or present, when we searched the Internet. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. bw(m)f
"I PLAY THE 'REASON' / IN / 'WHY GIRLS LEAVE HOME // CALL ME UP SOME RAINY AFTERNOON" rooster in elegant attire smokes cigarette in presence of small bird, black & white on green & pink background, mailed 1912 at South Vienna Ohio, scraped area over stamp, much edge wear with internal crease, a little writing on front. $3.00 f
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"Love / Token" pot with three pink flowers having children's heads within, undivided back mailed to Pierce Ohio circa 1908, lightly toned front, mild corner & edge wear. $7.00 f
"Märchen Nr. 309 Münchhausen" with fantastic art depicting a rider jumping his horse through a carriage, postcard mailed MAJ 6 1919 within the Republic of Hungary, minor corner & edge wear, back paper browning a bit with age. The tall tales or fairy tales of the real-life Baron have been fictionalized and made into movies. $4.50 hf
Nr. 278: Machine transforming women into 18-year-olds, many signs in German -- 95 / day, keep coming!, tremendous success, here you can become 18 again, your skin & hair will be young again, etc. Unused postcard with H. Boutet art, small upper corner crease. $28.00 a(b)f
"Nun ist er endlich doch erfunden / Der 'Lenkbare' fur schwere Stunden" signed art depicting an improbable airship being steering drunks on the ground, mailed 13 VI 1910 from Münich to Philadelphia Pennsylvania. A rough translation of the German would be 'Now he has finally invented the 'steerable' for difficult moments.' We have seen this postcard overprinted with 'Gruss vom Salvatorfest / im Franziskanerbräu / zu Amsterdam' overprinted on the balloon and mailed in Amsterdam (March 1912). The overprint & our example are the only times we have seen the card at all. The artist's name is hard to read: T. Kneifst... or something like that. $10.00 fa
"Nyström Stoopendaal" a fantasy depicting several gnomes in a pickup truck delivering presents and Christmas trees, with our caption from the Swedish artist Jenny Nyström Stoopendaal's signature, brevkort mailed to Oslo in 1939, stamp removed, minor toning & corner rounding. Surprisingly hard to find on postcards, her work like this is well known on Christmas cards & magazine covers. A classic! $15.00 caa(n)f
"OA4FW" Lima Peru continental QSL with clever cartoon art related to the call sign (cuatro Fantasmas Whiskeros, 4 ghosts) & Radio Club Peruano logo, used 1993 by operator Jorge E. Salinas S., clear QSL bureau backstamp in blue, excellent condition. (2 available) $1.75 each pf
"Restaurant Maison fondée en 1792 / Le Boeuf á la Mode / 8, Rue de Valois, Paris Palais Royal" fancifully dressed bull attracts notice of woman by fence, color on yellowish paper, unused, edge wear, corner crease. $4.50 f
"Serie 414" with caption from back, fantasy art showing a horse-drawn fire engine carrying many children, unused postcard, small bottom corner crease, mild corner rounding. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 hff
"Serie No. 66." uncaptioned fantasy art showing an aviator leaping form his biplane to join 2 lovely ladies, postcard mailed JUL 11 1912 from Villanova Ontario to Mrs. J. H. Bolitho Jr. in Rockaway New Jersey by her sister Nellie, minor corner & edge wear, a few scattered small spots of light toning on back. $4.00 f NEW / NUEVO / BAGO
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"Souvenir de Monte-Carlo // Ah les poires / Les Belles poires!" fantasy art depicting pears dressed as people, unused carte postale from an undisclosed publisher, small scrape at the top back edge, otherwise fresh. The French word for pear is 'poire'; but put 'bonne' or 'belle' in front of it & you get a slang expression for 'idiot' or 'sucker'. $20.00 mvf
"S. Sperlich Ein fliegneder Holländen" monochromatic dull green) showing chick afloat on a wooden shoe, Fr. A. Ackermann Künstlerpostkarte No. 819, mailed 1900 in Bavaria to England, small corner crease, corner crease, lightly toned back. $6.50 f
"Sretan Uskrs!" three chicks hiking in the mountains, color postcard mailed in Jugoslavia circa 1926 to Illinois, 50-p on 3-d & 1-d King Alexander stamps, 2 small corner creases & edge wear. $3.75 f
"STAR TREK / STAR FLEET / TECHNICAL MANUAL // Fully / Illustrated" new condition in protective hard covering. Contents: Articles of Federation; Federation Flags, Seals & Uniforms; Navigational Charts & Equipment; Star Fleet Organization; Detailed Schematics of Star Fleet Equipment, Interstellar Space & Warp Technology; Federation Codes. Not paginated but almost 1" thick. An ideal gift for your favorite Trekkie! $20.00 sftmc
"Thanksgiving Day" memorable embossed fantasy art showing three pumpkins dancing arm-in-arm, mild wear to upper corners. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 tf
"The Kids from Greensburg Kansas" with fantasy art showing multiple babies suspended from a balloon, unevenly divided back postcard mailed circa-1907 from Greensburg (stamp removed) to Mrs. Earl Roberts in Lewis Kansas, back writing in pencil causes some toning, upper corner crease. Printed in Germany by K. V. i. B. 12, Serie 1525 for the United Art Publishing Company of New York City. $8.50 k(g)bf
"The Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority in / Dayton, Ohio features 'A Bus for All Seasons.' Pictured is the Fall Bus, ..." with a fantasy for children painted all around; unused chrome postcard, excellent condition. This trolley bus was acquired from Columbus Ohio Transit. $3.75 bo(d)fu
"The / Witch's / Dance" witch with broom dances with a happy black cat & 2 pumpkin men; extensively embossed Halloween Series 980 postcard mailed 1909 in East Liberty Ohio (to Earl Green there), tiny corner crease not into the image, otherwise surprisingly fresh. We have seen blog posts about this card, offers to sell its reproduction as a greeting card or postage stamp, and much more on the web. But why not own the real thing? $27.00 hdf
"Uncaptioned color art from Philadelphia Post Card Co., showing man with large flower cart & 5 babies growing within, much writing on back, small corner crease, corner wear & rounding. $5.00 f
"VIEWS IN ROCK CITY GARDENS / Lookout Mountain" in Tennessee, chrome multiview with 6 views & 4 decorative elves, fresh appearance. $2.00
Wanted to buy--postcards featuring the fantasy art of Ilene Meyer. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros! *c
Wanted to buy--"Cornish litany" post cards. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros! *c
"YANKEE" matched set of 4 Nesbyen Norway QSL cards with Runnin' Bare style commissioned art showing an elf couple. $8.00
"You are a Nice / Little Duck / 'Approchez-vous, je suis un peu dure d'oreille'" two nattily dressed ducks of opposite sex converse on a park bench, mailed 1924 in Belgium, minor corner wear. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 fb
FANTASY POST CARD & FAIRY POSTCARD CROSS-REFERENCES
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FANTASY ART PUBLICATIONS
"The Brothers / HILDEBRANDT" limited edition of 100, this being #6 signed by both brothers, published in honor of their exhibition July 9 1978 at the Maryland Funnybook Festival in Silver Spring Maryland, like new. $325.00 fa(h)
"The Third Book of Virgil Finlay" hardbound, edited & published by Gerry de la Ree in 1979, limited edition of 1300 of which this is number 1019, like new, original dustcover (shown, frameable!) with price not clipped off. Emphasis is on his Finlay's pre-1955 art -- appearing in Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Fantastic Novels, Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories & other pulp fiction. Most images in original size. $55.00 fa
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EASTER AVIATION FANTASY POSTCARDS NEW / NUEVO / BAGO
"A Happy / Easter" chicks in a gondola suspended by flowers, intricately embossed post card from Series 1225, mailed 1911 at Bridgeport Ohio to Wheeling West Virginia, small bottom corner crease, tiny indent in the bottom edge, light album toning at the front corners. $4.00 fe
"Easter / Greeting" a giant egg-shaped balloon with outsized propellers transporting two passengers over the clouds; post card printed in Germany, mailed APR 14 1908 to Mrs. J. H. Green in Acra New York, trivial corner wear. $4.00 fe
"Easter Greeting" a gondola with 3 chicks suspended from a balloon in 3 sections wrapped with flowers; intricately embossed postcard from Tucks Series No. 1738, Chromographed in Berlin, corners worn & rounded, a little toning shows in the front borders. $4.50 fet
"Easter / Greeting" with 4 chicks suspended from a large egg-shaped balloon with wings, shamrocks spinning at its side; intricately embossed post card mailed MAR 22 1913 from Buffalo New York to East Otto New York, 2 small corner creases, other corners with minor wear, back paper starting to yellow with age. $4.00 fe
"Easter / Greetings" several chicks withing an egg-balloon propelled by a large pink flower; intricately embossed post card from Serie 341, printed in Germany, mailed APR 3 1909 from Iowa City Iowa to Miss Julia Franklin in Nebo Illinois, upper corner crease, light toning in the top front border &a few light spots of toning on back obscure nothing. $4.00 fe
"Easter / Greetings" two chicks wave a flag from within an egg-balloon propelled by a giant shamrock; intricately embossed postcard from Serie 341, printed in Germany, mailed MAR 1910 to Miss Lydia Hoehnke in North Chicago Illinois, light toning near 2 back corners. $4.00 fe
"Easter Happiness" pink dirigible without visible means of propulsion fails to lift a gondola full of 4 chicks from the ground; intricately embossed Tuck post card from the 'Easter Gladness' series No. 715, mailed APR 3 1912 from Brooklyn New York to Mrs. Reed in Upper Montclair in New Jersey, upper corners creased, minor wear to the bottom corners, small light spot of toning near the stamp. $4.00 fet
"Loving / Easter / Greetings" two large chicks ride a gondola suspended from an improbably small blimp, within an intricately embossed border; Tuck Gem Photochrome Series E.3724 processed in Saxony, mailed APR 15 1911 from Norwich Connecticut to Mr. Eugene Fanning in Newton Upper Falls Massachusetts, tiny upper corner bend, small bottom corner crease. $4.00 fet
"My Best Wishes / for the happiest Easter / you have ever known // Easter greeting" chicks in biplane salute their brethren on the ground; embossed fantasy postcard mailed APR 13 1911 at Dayton Ohio to Master Ralph Etzler in Verona Ohio by his cousin Laurence, trivial corner wear, paper yellowing evenly with age. $4.50 efg
METAMORPHIC FANTASY POST
& ARCIMBOLDESQUE POSTCARDS NEW / NUEVO / BAGO
"Abdul Hamid" the 34th sultan of the Ottoman empire; unused metamorphic PFB post card 232, made in Germany, with a night scene for the cap & a harem of 4 women making up most of the face. Slight oxidation, just a few small spots of toning on back, good edges. $15.00 mt
"Un faune" PFB metamorphic post card 223 in which the head & beard of the faun is made up almost entirely by 4 women in diaphanous wrap & a faun at the right with a face bearing a resemblance to the larger image. Slight oxidation to the front, evenly toned back, good edges. $15.00 m
"Unsere Zukunst liegt in der bust / Graf Zeppelin / 3909" meaning 'our future is in the chest' in German, unused metamorphic Postkarte with the head & cap of the count incorporating two zeppelins & several balloons, slight oxidation, small upper corner crease, lightly toned back. $20.00 mbb
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lyhenteet suomenkielisin selvennöksineen ja esimerkein
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