Made in the USA in the late 1930's, and printed on heavy cardboard, this delightful Valentine probably had a paper button attached. I love this little fellow's hat and cheeky sweet face. Those shoes are something else, too--imagine a little boy wearing shoes like that today!
For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.
The title of my blog, "The Best Hearts are Crunchy," comes from a comment made years ago by a five-year old girl, as she thoughtfully perused a tempting box of Valentine's Day candies. She is probably a grown mother by now, with children of her own.
I loved what she said so much, I wrote it down on a napkin.
I am interested in vintage cards, postcards, history, people, art, drama, old books, music and photography. I enjoy discovering the root meanings of words, I love stories and I like writing.
Fills My Eyes
When I see something unexpected, unusual, or beautiful, my focus suddenly sharpens and intensifies. The sensation tickles! That's when I say something "fills my eyes." It is the greatest compliment I can give.
MY "CYBER" POSTCARD COLLECTION
Over the years, I have gathered together a large "cyber" collection which I often refer to for Postcard Friendship Friday and Guest Heart Thursday.
I don't always remember where they came from, so if any of these wonderful postcards, cards, or other ephemera came from your site, let me know and I will add a link to your blog.
Copyright information can be found at the bottom of this page.
Hearts and Flowers
I have collected vintage cards, fairytale books, postcards, old photos and art pieces since I was a small girl.
Even before I could read, I spent hours looking at old cards, coloring books and illustrations in my fairytale story books. I am sure my love for art and even my own drawing stylings came from my fascination with them.
Mail was so rare, I saved every card and letter I received as a child. Some of those nostalgic items will be shared on this blog.
Quite a few of the vintage pieces I have collected reflect the life and times of history itself. The cards, postcards, antique photos and art from my collection are dated from the late 1800's, through WW2. Many of these old cards come from our darling little Grandmother Jenny. I have also included some items from the early 1950's which were given to me by my precious Gramma Gladys and dearest Nita.
In a very real way, this Blog is my way of honoring these marvelous inspiring artists and the ongoing influence they've had in my life.
I hope you will enjoy the beauty, tremendous skill and sometimes whimsical work of these long-gone artists as much as I have over the years.
Artwork including cards, postcards, illustrations, etc., printed before 1930 are no longer copyrighted, but are under Public Domain. However even then, there are lots of gray areas concerning what is Public Domain and what is not.
Scans of public domain images do not generate new copyrights—they merely inherit the copyright status of the image being reproduced. In other words, if something is public domain and is scanned--it remains in the public domain. See Bridgeman v. Corel.
An individual can claim copyright over a piece of public domain artwork ONLY if it has been uniquely altered in some fashion.
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