Thursday, February 11, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday

Postcard Friendship Friday is hosted by our lovely postmistress, Marie.

With her post, Marie talked about "the cat being out of the bag".

Here's my version!


Playtime


This is a postcard from the book The Cat Postcard Book by Running Book Publishers.

The back of the card reads: Playtime, c. 1885, by Raphael Tuck and Sons (British),
Chromolithograph, Hallmark Historical Collection, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

On the very front of the card in the lower right side it reads, With Heartiest Wishes for a Merry Christmas!

From Wikipedia:

"Chromolithography is a method for making multi-color prints. This type of color printing stemmed from the process of lithography, and it includes all types of lithography that are printed in color. When chromolithography is used to reproduce photographs, the term photochrom is frequently used.

Chromolithography replaced coloring prints by hand, and eventually served as a replica of a real painting. Lithographers sought to find a way to print on flat surfaces with the use of chemicals instead of relief or intaglio printing. Depending on the number of colors present, a chromolithograph could take months to produce. To make what was once referred to as a “chromo”, a lithographer – using a finished painting as a model – gradually built and corrected the print to look as much as possible like the painting in front of him, sometimes using dozens of layers.The process can be very time-consuming and cumbersome, contingent upon the skill of the lithographer."

You just can't beat a bag full of kitties!

Happy PFF!


23 comments:

Herself said...

Fabulous! Happy PFF! And thanks for stopping by ddna!

Christine H. said...

What a perfect post...and they do like to get into bags, although I'm not sure why. Your explanation of chromo lithography is fascinating. I had no idea.

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Hours of fun with a paper bag and a cat! I love the way the artist has drawn the cat's paw with the egg.

Postcardy said...

Sweet kitties! Happy PFF.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how cute, Snap... Looks like those kitties are enjoying what used to be IN the bag!!!!! ha... Cute postcard!

Speaking of postcards, I got mine today. That was so sweet. It's been a long time since I got a postcard. The Galleria has changed since I was there. Thanks again!!!! LOVE it.

Hugs,
Betsy

Kim Mailhot said...

Love a bag full of kitties !
Happy Thursday and love to you, Snap !

Mary said...

Interesting! I've been wondering about what techniques were used in some of my older cards.

Happy PFF!

Irene said...

Very true, you can't beat a bag of kittens. Have a great Valentine's Day, Happy PFF.

Bob of Holland said...

A beautiful card and a fascinating story. These vintage postcards were sometimes real examples of arts & crafts. Happy PFF.

Anya said...

So sweet
and I love your story :-)

((hugs)) Kareltje =^.^=

pfranzme said...

Purrrfect (& sooo cute). :o) Thank you for sharing.

maryt/theteach said...

Snap, I would have never guessed this is a Christmas postcard. I love the subtle colors! :)

twobarkingdogs said...

What a lovely card, thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

Quite unusual for a Christmas card. Thanks for all the interesting information!

Jenn Erickson said...

What a delightful surprise ~ I have a postcard very much like this one, from my husband's great-aunt's collection. Looks to be the same artist. What a treat to find out more information, learn more about the art of Chromolithography, and meet a wonderful blogger in the process!

MuseSwings said...

This card is so beautiful! I love the colors and who could possibly get upset over a broken egg when such cute kittens are at play. Happy PFF!

AnitaNH said...

I really enjoyed this postcard and the background information on the printing process. Happy PFF!

Lissa said...

Thanks so much for the hugs! I love this postcard. Reminds me of the kittens we fostered! Hope you have a great weekend:)

Terry said...

Such cute little kitties. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. Have a nice day.

Lyneen said...

Great addition to Marie's theme.... love the postcard.

PPF Thanks for stopping by!

Sherry said...

A truly playful and delightful postcard!

Janet said...

I think this postcard is one of my favorites! Those kitties are adorable, and getting into trouble just like mine do!

Stacey said...

Just love this postcard! How I would love to peek in the Hallmark archives- I bet they have some fabulous stuff!