Sunday, January 31, 2016
Yesterday, I met my sister, her husband, two of my cousins, and one cousin-in-law at an ephemera show in Elkton, MD. For me, it was just an excuse to visit with my family. I took my book list along, but there were very few book sellers there and no books I wanted. It was mostly postcard dealers and people selling other ephemera. Not really interested in that stuff.
Jack, with his bad ankle, spent the time there sitting and talking with my cousin's husband. The others were working the floor. I kept circling back to Jack and he kept asking if I'd bought anything and then shaking his head when I said 'no'. So, I finally decided I'd see if there were any Irish Wolfhound postcards. We've lived with three Irish Wolfhounds over the years and I love the breed.
I looked, but I couldn't find any Wolfhounds. I did find these four vintage postcards from a series of postcards of dog breeds. I think they're very attractive little portraits. Although I love Wolfhounds, I love all animals, so I'm happy collecting these breed cards. They were only a few dollars each. One dealer at the show had several of them for $4, $5, and $10 each, so I think I got a good deal, my four for a total of $11.
The postcards were printed in Switzerland by a company called Stahli. I'm guessing they were printed in the 1930s or sometime thereabout. I can't find any more about them. I thought you could find ANYTHING on the Internet! The cards are numbered. Three of mine are 155, 156, and 159. I'm assuming the series starts at 100. I wish I could find a book showing the whole series. As it is, if you go to a paper show or an antique shop, I guess I'll now be one of those people hunched over a box of postcards, flipping through them, hoping for a small treasure.