As mentioned earlier this month, my husband and I are building a vintage postcard scrapbook — one postcard at a time. The album covers 100 years from 1860 to 1960 and has many slots yet to be filled. In the spirit of the season from now until New Year’s Day, I’ll share cards from my collection. Scroll down to see previous posts. Subscribe to get them in your inbox!
Gotta love those dancing Kewpies. Drawn by Rose O’Neill, Kewpies first appeared in Ladies Home Journal in 1909. One reference I found says Rose considered them happy go lucky wingless fairies and their name is derived from cupid.
Rose was more than an illustrator of little wingless fairies, she was an author and sculptor who had a head for business. Seeing how popular her little cartoon sketches were, she licensed her Kewpies in many forms and the Kewpie boom was born. They were first seen on paper dolls and postcards like this one, but in short order the little cuties were all over the place. Kewpie Dolls were very popular and still are. The earliest were made of bisque (ceramic) and nearly all made by German doll makers. They were also produced in composition (fiber clay) and celluloid (early plastic). They’re highly collectable. You can almost hear the carnival barker saying, Step right up and win yerself a Keeeewpie Doll.
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Today our guest is Author Barbara Donlon Bradley.
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