How wonderful! I recognized the artwork immediately, but couldn't place the artist until I saw M.E.P.--that's Margaret Evans Price, children's book illustrator, wife of the founder of Fisher Price. Terrific find.
The tradition to send Easter postcards to relatives and friends developed in the end of the 19th century. During the year 1898 there were only a few Easter cards sent but the amount of sent Easter cards raised in the following years worldwide. Soon it was courteous and polite to send Easter postcards. In the beginning, monochrome as well as colored cards were printed. Most of the time in the center of the cards was an oversized colored egg.
In the years around 1910 on the cards were mainly monochrome pictures which were sometimes colored with children in the context with lambs, chickens, ducks and eggs. Young girls were a symbol for luck and hope. The Easter bunny which was a personified symbol of fruitfulness was often portrayed with eggs. German publishers were leading in the production of Easter postcards before the first world war.
Once you begin to move beyond basic background information, you begin to realize that there’s more to Post Cards than you may have first thought.
By Anders Eriksson