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Many postcards were made without any printed information in regard to who may have either published or printed them. Some give partial clues such as a set of initials or a logo. Other cards obviously manufactured by the same printer may carry a number of full names but they are usually only of small local publishers. There are cards that will probably remain a mystery forever, but there are also scattered bits of information that are possible to be pieced together. This page will feature those cards that are unique in some way, that due to their printing technique, artistic style, historic value, or sheer number, make them stand out above the sea of anonymity. We would ask those who can help by filling in some of the blanks to contact the Web Master. With the help of the postcard community this site can create a greater understanding of cards for all of us.
A publisher of view-cards depicting New Mexico. These cards are printed in CYMK colors with a very unique and bold grainy texture. They have titles on their front but they are difficult to read through this texture. The publisher may be located in Denver, Colorado.
A large number of cards depicting neighborhood scenes of Queens County, New York were printed in halftone and hand colored with a RGB palette. Most seem to cover the communities of Elmhurst and Flushing but there are some out of town views as well. Their unblended flat coloring renders them more decorative than realistic. Many depict the brand new streets that were replacing farmland at this time. Many of the Elmhurst cards were published by John Gehles between 1906 and 1910. There are also similar cards published by Nichols and Browne of Flushing as private mailing cards. These parties just seem to be local publishers but is there one single printer for all of them. Who is it?
A series of private mailing cards depicting scenes of New York City and outlying areas were issued in continuous tone lithography. These cards were numbered and hold a horseshoe logo but there are no names. These cards have large borders and are in the smaller mailing card size. Were the printers or publisher’s name trimmed off?
These average looking halftone lithographic cards were printed in Germany. Most images seem to depict the bridges and subways of New York City postmarked between 1908 and 1910. They bare a distinct logo of a man or monk holding and American flag and what appears to be a beer stein. It is very similar to the logo of Ottmar Zieher but the general features seem to be a symbol of Munich and may just mean it was printed there. No names of any kind can be found on these cards.
A number of postcards can be found with very graphic artist drawn clouds against a flat non-blue sky. While most of these images seem to be hand drawn heliographs, others are photo-mechanically reproduced landscapes with only the sky drawn in. The sky however is so uniquely distinct in all of these that they are undoubtedly made by the same printer. No names appear on these cards that were issued in the early 20th century in Denmark, England, Italy, and Yugoslavia. So who was the printer? Do they bare any relation to similar Photo Helio cards published by the American News Company?
These finely printed postcards in continuous tone lithography all have white borders where the bottom border and image fade into each other. They are all numbered but have no names on them. Identically printed cards can be found capturing the the landscapes of England, Spain, and Switzerland. They were probably all manufactured by the same printer but who was he, and are all the publishers for each Country the same? By their look I suspect these cards were Swiss made, possibly by Photoglob.
These Private Mailing Cards make no reference to any printer or publishers names. There is a possibility that the names were lost if these cards were trimmed. All that I’ve seen are in a continuous tone brown or green monotone. Quite often the writing tab is larger than the image. They are all views of structures in New York City but many are of obscure buildings such as clubs. Their graphics have a distinct German feel to them and the titles are obviously written by a German speaker. They seem to have been directed towards a German-American audience, but is the publisher from Europe or from a German community in New York?