Friday, January 15, 2010

Made in Germany


Pussy cat, tell me are you true? Always, dear doggie, when swinging with you.

7 3/4" x 5 3/8" flat
1920s
Standing Mechanical
Animals suggest it may be the work of  Charles Twelvetrees
made in Germany

Germany was home to the heart of the printing industry for several decades. Many of the most desirable valentines of the late 19th century and early 20th century were created there. WWI greatly impacted quite a few of the German printers, but they rebounded for the most part and regained their position at the top of the field for many years to come. 

WWII and the great devastation it brought changed this forever. It wasn't just the level of destruction wrought in Germany that brought this change, but was also caused by consumers in the Allied countries' reticence to purchase items marked as German made following the war. German products after World War I did not face the level of disdain from purchasers that they did after World War II. 

The country of origin marking can help to date cards. It was some time late in the 1800s that goods were required to bear the name of the country in which they were made somewhere on the goods or package in which they came. In the 1930s this was expanded to require more precise wording such as "made in..." or "printed in...". Card that bear just the word "Germany" would therefore date to prior to the early 1930s. Be aware that the phrase "printed in Germany" does also appear on some earlier cards too. It is just the appearance of the country name with no more wording than that which is significant for dating.

To My Valentine.

3 3/8" x 4 7/8"
circa 1900s, 1910s
Small figure in blue with large basket
Flat

A Token of Affection.

2 7/8" x 5 7/8"
circa 1920s
Girl in Pink Dress with Large Heart Tied in a Blue Ribbon
Flat
made in Germany

My heart is ready - waiting - Why are you hesitating.

6" x 8 1/4"
circa 1920s, 1930s
Mechanical Flat
made in Germany



A Token of Affection.

2 5/8" x 4 1/2"
circa 1920s, 1930s
Girl in Blue Coat and Hat with Basket of Hearts
Mechanical Flat with Easel Stand



Won't you be my Valentine.

2 5/8" x 3 3/4"
Made in Germany
circa 1920s

You see its written in my heart You're my Valentine.

made in Germany
circa 1920s, 1930s
Flat

To My Valentine.

3 5/8" x 3 7/8" flat
circa 1920s
Part of a Series of Rocking Cards
Boy and Girl on See-Saw
made in Germany
Folding Rocker



No Text.

Figure under Blooming Tree
with paper puff rosette
Made in Germany
circa 1910s

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