Here comes Peter Cottontail.Hoppin Drivin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppety Hurrying, hurrying,
Easter’s on its way.
Eight year old Ralph sent this card to his friend, my grandfather, Donald C. Minor, in April of 1908. Driving one of those new-fangled automobiles, Peter Cottontail could spread his Easter joy at speeds of up to 45 mph. This snazzy red roadster sports full bicycle fenders and oil lamp headlights; its simple design suggests that the artist is depicting the 1907 Model R, the precursor to the Ford Model T.
I imagine Henry Ford enjoyed the implicit endorsement of such a greeting card–Fords are so affordable at $750 and easy to use even the Easter Bunny wants to drive an automobile!
A Merry Christmas on this eleventh day of my Minor Postcard Advent Calendar! I am so pleased to find among my collection a fine example of a glittered embossed postcard by P. Sander Company. Oh, how I wish I knew the ins and outs of scanning to capture three dimensions, for the publishers of this era worked hard to enhance their cards, simply and cheaply, with embossing–raised areas of the painting that create depth! In this 1906 card the red-breasted songsters are heavily embossed atop a snow-covered fence that is less heavily embossed, quickly drawing your eye to the artist’s main subject. The holly and snow are not only embossed but glittered, giving the impression that the sun may be peaking out between snow bearing clouds. In the silver embossed background, a riverside town sits in the muffled, snowy silence. Such a beautiful card! A hand delivered Merry Christmas to four year old Donald Minor from May M.