Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rose O'Neill, Kewpies and the Gibson Art Company

Rose O'Neill was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on June 25, 1874, the second oldest child with six siblings.  The family moved to rural Nebraska when she was three years old and she lived there during the remainder of her childhood.  Rose loved the arts; writing, poetry, painting, sculpture and drawing.  When she was thirteen years old, she entered a drawing competition for children sponsored by the Omaha Herald Newspaper and won the first prize. Not long after  that she started working doing illustration for various magazines.  In 1893, Rose's father took her to New York to visit publishers in the hopes of selling some of her sixty drawings.  She sold all of her drawing and took orders for many others.  Soon she was a well known in demand illustrator and was being paid a substantial wage.  Rose was the first woman cartoonist and she had her own comic strip.
Rose's father bought some land in the Ozarks in southern Missouri and Rose moved from New York back to her family.  In Missouri she created her loveable Kewpie characters that she is famous for to this day.  She also became very rich. Rose copyrighted the Kewpie characters and many products were produced including Kewpie dolls, books and postcards.

Around 1912, Rose and the Gibson Art Company began to produce Kewpie postcards for all occasions

Gibson Greetings, Inc was started around 1850 by George Gibson and his family. They brought a French made lithography press with them when they immigrated to the United states from Scotland. The brothers printed anything that needed to be printed; bonds, checks, cards and novelties.  By 1870, the brothers were designing their own greeting cards for Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day.  In 1895, the business was incorporated as The Gibson Art Company. Over the years, The Gibson Art Company had many changes becoming the third largest greeting card company in the United States.

Happy Valentine's Day

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Antique Silk Post Cards

Silk postcards were a higher priced, more ornate way to send a special greeting in the early 1900's. Often the clothing of the people were made out of bright colored silk fabric that was then attached to the paper post card.  The most collectible silk cards are the ones that have maintained their bright colors and show no wear.

Here is an example of an antique silk New Year's Post Card.

 May the blessing of Health and Joy abide with you this New Year.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Spread the laughter, share the cheer
Best wishes in the coming year.

Here is an example of an antique silk Christmas post card.

Have a wonderful Christmas 
with many smiles.
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas & Holiday Gift Ideas For Everyone

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be Santa's helper this Christmas. 
Here are some gift ideas.

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Holiday Decorations everyone can enjoy!
Make someones Christmas merry and bright!
Keep warm while Jack Frost nips at your nose!
Great plates for your Christmas cookies to Santa!
Twinkley bobbles to stick into your stockings!
Unique Christmas gifts that will be cherishes forever!
Beautiful glass to brighten up your Holiday table !
Great gifts for every collector!

Happy Holidays
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May Santa bring you everything on your wish list!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Spring is just around the corner!

I love spring!  It is my favorite time of the year because the spring flowers will soon be here. We recently enjoyed the spring flower show at Macy's in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the smell of the hyacinths filled the air as we entered the room.  Here are some pictures from the show.
 A colorful mound of gorgeous.
Peonies, lilies, ivy and begonias.
Rhododendrons and ferns. 
Low growing pink azaleas.
Beautiful Northern Lights Rhododendrons
 Beautiful Yellow Azaleas  
 Northern Pacific Cabin, Hanging Geraniums
Magnolia tree in Full Bloom
Spanish Moss and Topiaries
Rock, Pebbles, Cactus and More
A Fountain Surrounded By Hostas
Spring is just around the corner!
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