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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Progress Comes in Many Forms.

By: Steve Ferrigan, Digitizer at Curt Teich Postcard Archives

As Jerry and Elaine quickly point out on the television show Seinfeld, George is quite wrong about the evolution of toilet paper. 

I was reminded of this scene recently when I cam across this postcard in our "Century of Progress" collection.

Corncobs?!?!? cop692

It really makes you wonder (or not) what the future holds.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

When witches go riding, 
and black cats are seen, 
the moon laughs and whispers,
 'tis near Halloween.

Happy Halloween!


Anon Box

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Comic Postcards: Clare Victor Dwiggins (Dwig)

By: Corinne Court, Registrar at Curt Teich Postcard Archives


When I was hired almost five years ago, one of my first projects was to catalog the artist signed postcards of Clare Victor Dwiggins. Clare Victor Dwiggins (1874-1958), better known as Dwig, was a cartoonist for various American newspapers and postcard publishers. He began his career as a cartoonist in 1897, when he worked with Saint Louis Dispatch and the New York World.

He worked with Barton & Spooner (1905-1915), Edward Gross (1908-1951), Raphael Tuck & Sons (1866-1960s), and many more postcard publishers.  Barton & Spooner's printed regional view postcards, but dabbled artist signed postcards.  The postcards below are from the series "What Do You Know About That!" by the Dwig and printed by Barton & Spooner.

Postcards printed by Edward Gross were comics and many were artist signed.  The Curt Teich Postcard Archives has the "What's the Use?" series by Dwig. I decided to upload the most "tasteful" of the collection. Many were quite naughty....
Raphael Tuck & Sons was one of the largest postcard printers in late nineteenth and early twentieth century.   They began the business focusing on greeting cards, but quickly moved to a wide variety of cards. They printed many of their postcards in series form; however, possibly due to this form or lack of company records, their numbering system causes quite a headache for postcard enthusiasts.  The series the archives has in the Dwig collection are: 
SBN175 - "Facts & Fancies" Series
SBN213 - "Everytime" Series
SBN267 - "Pipe Dreams"

SBN357 - "Toasts for Occasion" Series
SBN373 - "Cheer Up!" Series
SBN406 - 
"School Days" Series*
SBN441 - "Smile" Series

*School Days was a Sunday strip that appeared in the early 1910s. This was his most popular cartoon. It ran until 1932.

SBN477 - "Love's Reveries" Series

SBN491 - "Love Pedals" Series

SBN505 - "Knocks-Witty" Series
SBN570 - "Never" Series

SBN352 - "Toast of Today" Series
SBN527 - "Zodiac" Series

In 1945, Dwig left comics and focused on illustrations. He published five books before his death in 1958.