Saturday, March 29, 2014

Artist - Margaret G. Hays


No Text.

4 1/8" x 5 1/2"
dated 1916
Flat

Figure holding an American Flag and Firecrackers with Cherries at her Feet
published by Ernest Nister and EP Dutton
marked: Printed in Bavaria
No 2755
Signed by Margaret G Hays


Margaret Gebbie Hays (1874 - 1925) was the older sister of Grace Drayton (nee Viola Grace Gebbie). The two collaborated on a comic strip titled The Turr'ble Tales of Kaptin Kiddo and other projects, like the book Vegetable Verselets for Humorous Vegetarians, published by J. B. Lippincott in 1911. They also created the Kiddie Land series of books together. Like her sister, Hays created many paper dolls. Postcard collectors look for her paper doll postcards. These featured a doll with a couple of outfits to be cut out from the card.

Hays was a talented writer as well as an illustrator with a variety of published works including an impressive number of books, credited to her name. She was even a song lyricist, writing the words for Her Poke Bonnet, a song with music by Louis Lichtenstein, in 1910. As if that were not enough, she was also a published poet, writing rhyming verse to go with her own illustrations.

My Valentine Polly Pig-tail, dressed in blue, Says she's very fond of you.

4" x 6 1/2"
circa 1910s
Flat

Figure with Large Hat
published by Ernest Nister and EP Dutton
marked: Printed in Bavaria
No 2733
Signed by Margaret G Hays
easel stand on the back

Her career in writing and illustrating began with newspaper comics. Her first work appeared in the Philadelphia Press in 1906. The bulk of her published work appears to date to the 1910s.

Frank A. Hays was the husband of Margaret (nick named Peg). His company, Children's Novelty Co, was a maker of dolls. They produced dolls created by his wife and her famous sister. The patents for the Bobby Bobbykins and Dolly Dollykins dolls both bear his name with a filing date of June 8, 1909.

My Dear Valentine Now I'm dressed in leaves so lucky, We'll get married, won't we, ducky?

4" x 6 1/2"
circa 1910s
Flat

Figure with Large Hat
published by Ernest Nister and EP Dutton
marked: Printed in Bavaria
No 2729
Signed by Margaret G Hays
easel stand on the back


Continuing the family tradition of working in the arts, Frank and Margaret's daughter Mary Hays Huber  was also an illustrator who created valentines among her other works. You can see a card by Huber on our page featuring cats.


My I'll gaily sail Life's stormy sea Dear Valentine If You're with me.

5 1/8" x 4 1/2"
circa 1910s
Figures in a Boat

published by E. H. Fisher
mechanical flat
Signed by Margaret G Hays
easel stand on the back


Your captivating style is such It makes me love you very much My Valentine.

3 7/8" x 5 7/8"
dated 1913
Flat

Figure with Large Hat
published by Ernest Nister and EP Dutton
marked: Printed in Bavaria
No 3054
Signed by Margaret G Hays
easel stand on the back

Your pretty hat, sweet Valentine, Has captured this poor heart of mine.

3 7/8" x 6"
dated 1913
Flat

Figure with Large Hat
published by Ernest Nister and EP Dutton
marked: Printed in Bavaria
No 3055
Signed by Margaret G Hays
easel stand on the back


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Companies Hays is known to have worked with (this list is by no means to be considered complete):


  • Ernest Nister/E P Dutton
  • H. E. Fisher

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Sources:

Little Verses and Big Names, by Stewart Edward White, George H. Doran Co, 1905

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fans of Love - Valentine Card Fans


Yes I do! When you are by I always sigh, Love you that's the reason why No fan can cool my love for you Tis ever steadfast, strong and true My love for you is fond and true, love you dearly 'Yes I do.'

10 3/4" x 8 1/4" opened
circa1900s-1910s
4-Part Fan

by Frances Brundage
Published by Raphael Tuck and Sons, Ltd
marked: Artistic Series
Printed in Saxony

My Heart's with loving wishes and Kindest to my Sweet-heart.

14" x 8 3/4" opened
dated 1911
6-Part Fan

likely by Frances Brundage




Fans have been a popular theme for valentines from the Victorian era through today. This means that the collector must be aware of the many reproductions out there made by companies like the Old Print Factory. These can even appear to have some age as some reproductions were made back in the 1980s (which is longer ago than I usually like to admit to myself). The reproductions I have looked at have the company name printed on the reverse. For this reason, if you find yourself selling your fan valentine on Ebay, it is a good idea to provide an image of the back side as well as of the printed side (and for buyers to request to see such an image prior to purchase). These newer cards do have some value, but it is those made much longer ago that serious collectors really want.


Greeting To my Valentine with fondest Love Ah! Sweet one, thou hast borne away My heart for sweet love's sake Then let me have, I humbly pray, Thine own to take it's place.

8 7/8" x 5 3/4"
circa 1910s
3-Part Fan

embossed detailing
strung on back

The ribbon that strings the parts of a fan together is usually the first to show wear (another good reason for a good look at the card's reverse). While the original ribbon is of course most desirable, cards whose ribbons have deteriorated still hold good value, with unblemished images being of much greater importance.



Sweet-hearts The Flowering Bud and Bloom and Twine Like You 'Rond This  Fond Heart of Mine.

12" x 7" opened
circa 1900 -1910

by Raphael Tuck and Sons
6-Part Fan

Marked on painter' palette in the logo: Artistic Series
Appointment listed as: To Their Majesties The King and Queen


Less elaborate fans can also be of interest although they don't command the high price of a multi-part fan. Our personalized fan below has a fringe trim as popularized by lithographer Louis Prang (who is often referred to as the Father of American Christmas Cards). It is double sided, but with name printed on only one side.


Augustin Corbisier ~ A Token of Affection.

4 1/4" x 2 1/2"
circa 1910
Die-Cut in the shape of a Fan

with blue thread fringe
and personalized name printed on one side


Let's be Valentines you and I.

2 1/4" x 3 1/2"
circa 1940s, 1950s 
 Flat
 marked: Litho in U.S.A.

Victorian - Romantic Embossed Paper Valentines


 Time Cannot Change Me.

2 5/8" x 3 3/4" (3 3/4" x 5 3/8" opened)
circa 1850s, 1860s

single fold with embossed design
Center heart and circle of text are pasted on

no verse or image inside
no marking on the back






 Modesty ~ Be mine Dear Maid, this faithful heart Can never prove untrue; 'Twere easier far, from life to part, Than cease to live for you.

2 7/8" x 3 3/4" (3 3/4" x 5 3/4" opened)
circa 1850s, 1860s

single fold with embossed design
Heart at top and scrap with text 

are pasted on
Verse pasted on interior
no marking on the back




May Pleasures ever meet thee!

5" x 3 3/4" (5" x 7 1/2" opened)
circa 1880s

single fold with embossed design
and paper scraps

handwriting  on he interior
no publisher's markings




Valentine Good Cheer

3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
circa 1900s, 1910s
Flat
no publisher's marks
 embossed detailing





With Best Wishes


4 5/8" x 7"
circa 1880s, 1890s
Single Fold
text is on sticker behind figure's head
no publisher's marks
 embossed detailing
no text or decoration on the interior





I want no kingdom Where thou art, love, I want no throne to make me blest, While within thy Tender heart, love, Thou wilt take my jeart to rest. Kings must play a Weary part, love, Thrones must ring with wild alarms,But the kingdom of My heart, love, Lies within these loving arms .


5" x 7 3/4"
dated 1893

Single Fold
Interior has printed text
no publisher's marks

2 layers of paper lace top colorful embossed paper

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Victorian - Romantic Paper Lace Valentines



Constancy.

4 5/8" x 7 1/8"
circa 1860s - 1880s

single fold
3 layers of paper lace
fabric-crafted flowers and foliage

no writing or decoration on the interior
no publisher marks




Oh, if I fail your heart to move, And 'tis not yours to give, I cannot, will not, cease to love, But I will cease to live.

3 7/8" x 5 5/8" (5 5/8" x 7 1/4" opened)
circa 1850s, 1860s

message can be read to reference suicide
single fold with paper lace featuring an Angel at center
orange paper wafer behind center motif

decorated with scraps
'25' red stamp on the back (w/rest of stamp running off the top edge)


These are red roses gathered at thy cheek, The white are all too happy to look white, For love, the rose, for faith, the lily speaks, It withers in false hands, but here 'tis bright.

3 3/4" x 5 1/4" (5 1/4" x 7 3/4" opened)
circa late 1890s, early 1900s
single fold with paper lace
2 layers atop the face of the card attached with paper accordion hinges





Think of Thee - The blush of summer bud in dew, Softly reminds me of you; Or the sweet bird that sings on spray, At close of radiant summer's day.

4 1/2" x 6 3/4"
circa 1860s, 1880s

double-sided card
with stuffing between layers of paper lace

may have been scented with perfume
no publisher marks



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Maker - Meek, 19th Century English Maker of Valentine Cards


No text.

3 5/8" x 4 5/8"
with paper lace made by Meek
circa 1850s-1860s

no text or decoration on card interior
paper lace is embellished with scraps and silver detailing
"Meek" is embossed at center bottom of central oval (hidden by the scraps)


No Text.

2 7/8" x 3 3/4"
paper lace made by Meek
circa 1860s

printed insert is glued to card back
paper lace is embellished with scrap and colored paper disc

Marked with Whitney's 'W'


Virtue lives forever In the mind, In her alone true Happiness we find.

2 7/8" x 3 1/2"
paper lace made by Meek
circa 1860s

verse pasted on in interior
paper lace is embellished with scrap and colored wafers

Marked with Whitney's 'W'


 If Thoult Be Mine ~ If thou'lt be mine, The treasures of air, Of earth and sea, Shall lie at thy feet, Whatever in fancy's Eye looks fair, Or in hope's sweet music Sounds most sweet Shall be ours, If thou'lt be mine, love.

3 5/8" x 4 5/8"
with paper lace made by Meek
circa 1850s-1860s

printed insert is glued to card back
paper lace is embellished with scraps




 When to ladyhood, My friend you grow, Pray don't forget Your little beau.

7" x 4 5/8"
with paper lace made by Meek
circa 1850s-1860s

printed insert is glued to colored paper insert
paper lace is embellished with scraps

"Meek" embossed under central figure