OLD ART NOUVEAU POSTCARD ALBUM~124 cards w/stamps~1910+

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 04, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House

OLD ART NOUVEAU POSTCARD ALBUM~124 cards w/stamps~1910+ Description:

You are bidding on a lovely collection of postcards in an antique Art Nouveau album, with embossed flowers on the cover (you can actually feel the raised petals and leaves). It once belonged to a Margueritte Berner--"Gretli" to friends--from Aargau, Switzerland. What's most exciting about it, though, is that a good portion of the album is full, and that t are one-hundred and twenty four cards in all! The postcards are written in German, from various hands , and they date from roughly 1910-1928. The album, itself, measures a whopping 15" tall by 9" wide.

Among the lot, you'll find many from a variety of lovely European cities: Switzerland is represented by Geneva (Geneve), Lucerne (Luzern), St. Moritz, and Zurich; France by Montreux, Nice, Paris, and La Seyne Sur Mer. T's one from the tiny, but lively, country of Monaco; another from grand, old London, England. Quite a few come from lovely Italy, including the cities and towns of San Remo, Livorno, Lugano, and Milan (Milano). Germany is also well represented with gorgeous cards from Cologne (Koln), Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Wiesbaden. However, these are just a few of the places depicted on these cards.

No doubt stamp collectors will enjoy the many old stamps from these different countries. I only saw one, a card with embossed angels in chromolithographic color, that had no writing or stamps on it. (Although I checked most cards, t may be one or two others).

Just as the cards vary in cities, so to do they vary in theme and subject matter. T are numerous cards of bucolic mountain valleys and glacial lakes and flower-filled valleys in the first flush of spring. T are also quite a few showing animals (among them, you'll see kittens, cows, mountain sheep, and a beautiful, big dog, a St. Bernhard, to be exact). And who could overlook the cute little girls or the cards of stunningly colored angels. T's a nice silhouette of Mozart that appears to be hand-drawn and colored, a silhoutte style card of picnicking families, and one with decorative Art Nouveau lettering that shows a couple of stern schoolmistresses and a gaggle of children. A number of architectural cards are in this lot, too, including many of grand old cathedrals. T's one colorful card showing a great palace of glass whose interior will make you think you just stepped into a Brazilian jungle. And, as you might expect, t are a few hotels, too, ranging from stately manses in city and country to more humble mountain chalets. You'll also find a number of famous monuments, like the Triumph Arch in Paris and a tourist studded La Madeleine which is surrounded by vintage cars in a rainbow of tinted color. And speaking of transportation, t are a number of ships: huge schooners, a massive boat docked at the wharf, and a slighter sloop alight with fishermen.

But this just scratches the surface of what you'll find. T are simply too many to list by name.

Also of interest is the variety of printing techniques used on these cards. T are chromolithographs, what appears to be a silver albumen photo, collotypes, woodblock and lithographic prints, and a number of photos, tinted, in black and white, and many with the color added. Nearly every type of printing technology from the early twentieth century is exhibited in this lush album.

In fact, one of the things that is most interesting about this collection is the way that it displays how postcards have evolved over the years. You'll find that the various printing techniques are matched in number by the different styles of the cards. Some are glossy, some matte. Other have deckled edge, while still others are flat. It is amazing to flip from page to page and to see how the postcard changed over a period of nearly twenty years. This was a time of great diversity and lightning-speed innovation, a time, the likes of which, we'll probably never see again.

As for condition, the album itself is in very good sh...