Sunday, January 10, 2010

Never being one who really liked purchasing
cards that others also would get, I did, most
times make my own.

The stamp is actually a real one
and tipped in.

This is a vintage card from the 50s.
Can you guess which company this came from?

Seems a simple sentiment.

This style of card didn't seem
to last long. Too bad, but I
can certainly understand why,
given the marketplace.

Amazing, no?

If you're interested in finding more
about early greeting cards, you can go


If I had known about him
when I was in NC 2yrs ago,
I too would have stopped by.


Tom said...

been making my own birthday cards for years, and got the kids to do so as well. Always fun to pass around, and they keep longer than the (zzz) store bought.

Coffee Messiah said...

tom: Why does this not surprise me? !

Anonymous said...

Hallmark was my first guess. No, other was American Greetings. Nothing says personal tho', like a one-of-a-kind, hand-made card :)

ArtSparker said...

The card is beautiful, a little Saul Steinberg, a definitely that early 60's feel.

tut-tut said...

Makes me want to get busy!

P11 said...

the answer of that question is what i call top of mind!

California Girl said...

That really looks contemporary. You sure it's from the Fifties? That IS amazing. Although, we had alot of great artists doing line drawings earlier than Picasso (hahahha) no Shel Silverstein, the great caricaturists whose names escape me right now (of course)

Merle Sneed said...

Mrs. Sneed and I always argue over greeting cards. I tell her you can just pic on at random and it will be appropriate. She insists that careful choosing will reveal one that is just right.

Your idea is best.

Loved Same the Polka Dot Man.

Tess Kincaid said...

Do you know the artist Quentin Blake? You'd like him.

Sam Juliano said...

The stamp of course with me will always be memorable as I used to collect stamps and that 2 cent denomination in that famous American series was at one time a mostpopulat stamp.

Sam Juliano said...

meant to say 1 cent denomination!

Ha! I'm losing it.

Ténèbres à la lumière... said...

C.M. said,"This is a vintage card from the 50s.
Can you guess which company this came from?"

Hi! C.M. and Sam Juliano,
Just like Subby77, My first thought was Hallmark (Because that is the only company I'am really familiar with...) too...Thanks, for sharing the video.

DeeDee ;-D

Coffee Messiah said...

subT: Oh yeah.

artS: There's quite a history with this particular artist.

t & t: The door's always open....

cafeP: Thanks for stopping by!

cg: Yes, mid 50s - late 60s. That's what the book says. SS and many others drew in a similar fashion, 2 B sure.

merle: I concur, and Thanks for looking at the video. There's something pure in his attitude that's refreshing!

willow: Yes and others with similar style. I wonder who they all learned from?

sam: Thanks for stopping by. I remember the days of stamp collecting, although never got far myself. I was always drawn to foreign stamps as they were more arty, in a way than ours. Good Luck too on tomorrow!

dd: Thanks for taking a look and stopping by!

layers said...

I LOVE Sam Sam the Polka Dot Man-- thank you so much--you put on the BEST videos ever!
I tell everyone I love dots and circles but this painter REALLY loves them-- my heart is still smiling after finding this treasure

Coffee Messiah said...

layers: Thanks, he's so upbeat I'm really sorry I was so close at the time and never knew he was there.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Yes, Sam Sam IS quite the man! -J

Spadoman said...

I just don't like to have to get a greeting card. No one can say, or have the soul, I'd want to put forth, after all, I don't just go out and buy a card for everyone and anyone. I want a card for those that I really want to touch. But I don't make my own either. If I absolutely can't reach out and touch someone personally, I'll get a card, but it will always be blank inside with some nice art on the flap.
Now, they have cyber e-cards. I don't think I've ever sent one, but I have received a few.
I'd definitely buy art cards, (blank inside for my personal greeting), from Sam. I really like that fact that his polka dots are not symmetrical.

Like Sam says, Peace.

Sam Juliano said...

Indeed Coffee Messiah! I'll be e mailing you later today as the wonderfil gift has arrived.

Yes, foreign stamps were generally more beautiful, and I dabbled too.

Thanks for the well wishes on tomorrow (Wednesday's) procedure!

Coffee Messiah said...

hh: Have you then met the man?

spado: Hey, thanks for stopping by. E cards just don't do it either, sad to say. That's been a problem for me, that as people, we can't seem to take a little extra time, even if it's just putting something in an envelope with our own thoughts, rather than purchase a card many others will receive also. Guess you could call it a pet peeve. Peace back at ya!

sam: Wow, that was fast!

tony said...

The Piece (Peace) He Finds Missing From The Rest Of The World.... Hail Sam!

Coffee Messiah said...

tony: Bill Evans' PP comes to mind! Cheers and Thanks 4 the drive by.

Crazy Ass Beastard said...

You were very close to my homestead when you were in NC a couple of years ago. Probably less than an hour away.

Coffee Messiah said...

simstone: I'm sorry I did not know about you then, as I would, if possible, have made the trip for a visit. I did not get much help on my limited time off then while there.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

yep amazing.....