Alan Mays

Alan Mays

Posted on 03/25/2016


Photo taken on March 25, 2016


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Happy Discombobulated Easter

Happy Discombobulated Easter
"A Happy Easter. Stecher Lith. Co., Roch., N.Y."

Addressed to Miss Frances Hershey, Rohrerstown, Pa., and postmarked Rohrerstown, Pa., April 22, 1916, with the message, "Dear Frances, I wish you a very happy Easter."

The unknown artist for this postcard was evidently trying to imitate the "fadeaway" style of Coles Phillips, an illustrator whose technique of using negative space caused viewers to mentally fill in the missing parts of an image. Unfortunately, the head, hands, chicks, and shoes in this work seem to be separately dangling in space rather than forming an outline of a little girl enjoying the Easter holiday.

Angelica Paez, corduroy cat, Smiley Derleth, lisabee73 have particularly liked this photo


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wintorbos
wintorbos
The lithographers apparently didn't understand what they were meant to do here. Still, as long as Miss Frances Hershey liked it...
2 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to wintorbos
It certainly doesn't seem quite as good as Phillips' work!
2 years ago.
lisabee73
lisabee73
an interesting card, I haven't seen any of the 'fadeaway' technique or imitations like this before. something else to look out for . . . ;)
2 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to lisabee73
Thanks! A friend who used to be active on Flickr collected authentic Coles Phillips, otherwise I wouldn't have recognized the technique.
2 years ago.