Today I have a treat for you: a whole bunch of blank postcards. Like, a lot of them. I could have split them across multiple blog posts, but I thought… no. No, I don’t think I will. I’m gonna make the site work EXTRA HARD, while giving you lots of things to look at. Pieces like this are excellent for making your own postcards, or even for texture and layering in your projects. Collage, anyone?
Here we have a postcard back by Bamforth & Co. in England. Fairly simple, though the triangle logo is actually quite elegant, isn’t it?
It’s likely you’ve seen P-C Paris cards around before. They’re common, and represent a very basic postcard layout. Made in France!
Fancy text! Flourish! And it’s in red. I’m a really big fan of this one, it’s very pretty.
Believe it or not, Toronto had a lot of postcard-makers and general printing companies, many of which you won’t find information about unless you’re able to dig in places where I can’t. PECO, a.k.a. The Photogelatine Engraving Co., started off in Ottawa, opened a Toronto office, and then moved all operations to Toronto starting in 1947. The company closed in 1954. If you’re interested in the history of Canadian postcard companies, I suggest perusing the site for the Toronto Postcard Club… which I desperately need to sit down and scour. So cool.
But, alas, you’re not here for my history nerding, eh?
Another PECO card, this one from their Ottawa offices! Note the maple leaf logo.
The above postcard keeps things nice and simple, and is a great bare-bones backing for a modern postcard-maker to use for their work.
I love the blue used to print this postcard, and the style of the ‘Postcard’ wording. It’s very pretty! Now, imagine that on one of your handmade note cards.
It’s easy to tell what the subject matter was for the front of this postcard. That said, this is one of the fanciest crests I have ever seen. This card was made by Birn Brothers of London and printed in Germany.
The stylized flowers are fantastic.
International Fine Art Co. Ltd. was based in Montreal, Quebec, and made a lot of real photo postcards of life in Canada, including some of our landmarks.
Look at that fancy logo! Whitney Made in Worcester, Massachusets, that became the largest Valentine manufacturer in the United States in the early 20th Century. George C. Whitney liked to buy up his competitors, and he cornered the market until the paper shortage of WWII shut him down. His company was in business for 77 years.
It’s a little tough to make out the manufacturer of this one, but it’s still a neat piece.
Private, eh? Not anymore!
Not quite certain what the difference is between “private post card” and “post card”, but… I’m certain there is one! I love the title text of this card. There’s a certain warmth in things printed with brown ink that you don’t see when printing in black.
You may recognize the cut edge of this postcard from the last article! Deceptively simple backing here.
Do you use blank postcards in your work, and if so, what do you use them for? Be sure to leave a comment and chat with us!
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