This fair lady sends greetings for a Happy Christmas on this ninth day of my Minor Postcard Advent Calendar. Seven year old Donald C. Minor received this card at Christmastime 1909, and though the painting is not signed, I believe it to be another Ellen H. Clapsaddle card. Why?
- An embossed frame of gold holds the portrait of a sweet young lady, hair swept stylishly up and under a hat bedecked with fresh roses. A ruffled collar frames a face full of youthful innocence. Such a joyful illustration of Victorian youth is characteristic of Ellen H. Clapsaddle’s work.
- Turning the card over, I discovered this:
- The International Art Publishing Company was established in 1895, merging companies formerly run by Messrs. Wolf and Samuel Garre. Their most prolific artist was Ellen H. Clapsaddle, as I discovered while researching Skating to Greet YOU!, a card also printed in 1909.
Until a collector convinces me otherwise, I stand on my judgement: My Fair Lady is a Clapsaddle original. Happy Christmas!