Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cupid's Bank, Unlimited – 1900s

Some months ago we looked at a series of World War I postcards issued by the prolific UK publisher Bamforth & Co. Whilst they are best known today for their thousands of kiss-me-quick seaside postcards, this vintage Valentine's postcard featuring a blank cheque drawn on "Cupid's Bank, Unlimited" is more romantic than saucy; with Valentine's Day almost upon us, this is the perfect time to share it here!

Issued as part of series 2005, this vintage postcard is uncirculated, but can be accurately dated to the first decade of the twentieth century thanks to the pre-printed date in the top right hand corner of the cheque “190...”. The back of the postcard gives us an additional clue - Great Britain was the first to adopt the "divided back" postcard in 1902, putting this postcard's production somewhere between 1902 - 1909.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Vieni, piccina – 1932

Beth over at the Best Hearts are Crunchy has been posting some gorgeous Valentine's Day cards for a few weeks now – with February 14th only ten days away, I was inspired to dig out a vintage romantic postcard from my own collection to share on Postcard Friendship Friday today.

Carrying two postal cancellations - a Florence Railway (Firenze Ferrovia) postmark dated 5 January 1932 and another for its destination Venice (Venezia) on the following day – the stamp is an absolute classic example of the secret language of stamp positions. The 30 cent postage stamp featuring a frontal portrait of Vittorio Emanuele III is shown with the monarch's head a full 90 degrees to the right – a clear message of some sort, but which I've read can mean a variety of romantic things: “love and kisses”; “do you love me?”; “thinking of you”; and on an Italian language website “t'adoro”!

Issued by the Turin-based publisher Fotocelere (1910-1942), it is a gorgeous example of their hand-coloured real photo postcards – I just love the addition of those crimson details on the collar and sleeves!

The Italian verse translates more or less as follows:
Vieni, piccina dallo sguardo arcano,
Che di verbene e rose รจ la gran via,
Dove noi passerem, stretti per mano.

Come, little one with the mysterious gaze,
Along the avenue of verbenas and roses,
Where we will walk together hand in hand.
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