Friday, April 6, 2012

Vintage Russian Easter Card – 1911

I bought this lovely embossed Russian Easter postcard on a market stall in Rome some months ago and have been patiently waiting for Easter to come by again in order to share it here on the blog. I was attracted to the delicate hand finishing on the embossed catkins and pink background wash, but wasn't immediately aware that it was an Easter card. Luckily the woman who ran the stall was actually Russian and immediately translated the words "Христос воскрес!" as meaning “Christ is Risen!

Catkins, of course, are a traditional Easter decoration being the very first signs of new plant life after the winter; as any allergy sufferer will confirm, catkins herald the coming of spring! According to Wikipedia, Russian Orthodox and various other Eastern European peoples also carry pussy willows on Palm Sunday instead of palm branches, blessing both palms and pussy willows in church.

If you'd like to read more about Russian Easter cards there's a wonderful resource here: Russian Easter Postcards.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Debbie Reynolds!

American actress and singer Debbie Reynolds is celebrating her 80th birthday today so this seems like an excellent occasion to post this vintage Italian postcard featuring the film star as she looked in the 1960s, when she appeared in a series of successes, most notably perhaps the 1964 movie The Unsinkable Molly Brown, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Rotalfoto, Milano logo
No.97 in a series of Hollywood portraits printed in “Rotalcolor” from a Kodak Ektachrome photo by prolific Milan-based publisher Rotalfoto, the uncirculated postcard is undated, but the reverse of the card carries a few clues as to when it was issued: the company's distinctive logo – a scroll with the name Rotalfoto wrapped around a globe - includes the title “Rotalcolor” written above it, an extra detail which was added to the insignia during the late 1960s.

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