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1/30/2017 11:57 am  #1

Hand-painted cards

Apart from Scholastic Productions, Wrench, and various Artist cards I have now refined my collecting to this Cinderella area. The cards are extremely rare - sorry scarce - at least British/Irish ones are, but at least there seems to be few other people collecting them. I started off trying to collect just Irish cards, but such is their scarcity that I soon broadened my interest to include British scenes. I have picked up quite a few in recent months but there's an amount of work trawling eBay/Delcampe and eBid for them - especially as the bulk of those listed are invariably misdescribed.

Two of my latest acquisitions below - purchased yesterday for a grand total of £5.13 incl.p+p.

Simply titled "Early Postcard, Hand Painted" but undoubtedly The Tower of Refuge in Douglas Bay on the Isle of Man.
"Land's End" - slightly light damaged but still very collectable.


3/30/2017 4:16 pm  #2

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I have managed to add quite a few hand-painted cards to my collection in recent months, but this post is about two that I let get away.

The first is this WW.2. card of a British "Swordfish" bomber - it's of historic interest and quite nicely done, but at £7.50 I decided to let somebody else have it. 
The second card - Margate Harbour - was for nothing – an eBay BIN for .99p - and despite it being a bit amateurish I was going to buy it, but somebody else beat me to it.

The only thing with chasing down hand-painted cards is the sheer amount of hard work one has to put in shifting through the bulk of incorrectly described cards. There are clearly a great many sellers out there who haven’t a clue about what they are selling.

My next post will be a positive one – I promise!

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8/01/2017 10:16 am  #4

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Here's my latest card purchased from a US eBay seller for just $14.99. Painted by a French (?) artist and posted in 1902 - that's an incredible 115 years ago and its colours are still fresh and vibrant. It was sent to a Mademoiselle Renée, 1 Rue de la Station, Asnières-sur-Seine, Paris, from Cayeux-sur-Mer a seaside resort in the Somme district of Northern France.  Thankfully there was no message as these were frequently written over the painted image to comply with postal regulations!

There's something about the scene whether it's just the untrained hand of the amateur or a deliberate stab at surrealism but I really like it. Are the sailing boats just returning to harbour or are they running ahead of the rather ominous looking storm clouds in the background?

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8/31/2017 5:07 pm  #5

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Another recent (June 2017) eBay purchase which has just come to hand. Painted by the mysterious O.A.S (?) the card is one of several by the artist in my collection - a bargain at just £5.19 including p+p.
Strangely none of them have been used and despite having clearly been painted rather than printed have a commercial feel about them. I wonder are they an example of an early cottage industry - i.e. did the artist get batches of cards printed with just the line drawings and then individually paint each one? 

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7/28/2018 2:23 pm  #6

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"Yes Tor" Dartmoor.

It's a while now since I've found any nice hand-painted cards but I pounced on this yesterday as soon as I spotted it. A real gem and a steal at just £5.95 on eBay. So many mislabelled cards out there that I sometimes wonder if it's worth the effort searching but cards like this reinvigorate me. 

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12/08/2018 5:39 pm  #7

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A real gem picked up recently on eBay for a couple of pounds and I've used it for my personal Christmas card this year. A little bit of magic on the Vistaprint site and the addition of sparkle which nicely hides the slight foxing on the edges of the original postcard and voila! I opted for the linen finish - unbeatable for vintage cards - and the picture below doesn't nearly do justice to the finished product. The original postcard was delivered to a London address on Christmas Day in 1903 - nice to give it a new airing after all this time.

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