Vintage Black Americana Valentine Card Large Mouth Man with Comical Poem
M ~ MINT : Card is in pristine condition like new with no writing, crisp corners, vibrant coloring (rare to find antique cards that fall into this grade)
NM ~ NEAR MINT : Nearly perfect postcard, corners are square and clean edges, no creases. Card could have slight natural yellowing from age. May be postmarked with writing on reverse
EX~ Excellent : Overall clean card with no creases, may have very tiny edge or corner wear, no ink bleed or distraction from image, may have some slight discoloring to paper from age, may be postmarked or have writing on reverse or at edge of front of card.
VG ~ VERY GOOD : This card is middle of the road with minor faults such as some corner wear and or edge wear. Postcard can be postal used or unused. Might have writing on front and or back, including light ink bleed that does not detract from image. This card could have some yellowing from age. There are no creases though the middle of card outside of edge areas, or if there is a crease it will be very slight or light, card could have very tiny edge tear, could have slight indentations in cards (album marks). The majority of cards fall into this grading area.
G ~ GOOD : This postcard shows more corner, edge wear and; or has more distinct creases. It could have a slight tear at edge areas. This card could be lightly soiled or more discolored from age and may or may not be Postal used.
F ~ FAIR : This postcard is damaged with a bad creases and wear. There could be a tear or missing corner. A postcard in this condition would be chosen for its image view to later be upgraded.
P~ POOR : This postcard is quite damaged with any or multiple issues of the following detracting from the card, tears, creases, stains, heavy discoloring or writing. This card is collected for simple rarity of the card or to be used for completion of a collection until the card can be found and upgraded at a later date. Also these cards can make good use for craft projects.
NOTE: Our cards are scanned at the highest resolution to detect any possible flaws and to give the most accurate representation of our cards, because of this, most cards actually look MUCH BETTER in person than on the screen, most discolorations, age spots and album marks are barely seen in person compared to to what the computer is picking up
Please examine photos carefully as they offer the best analysis for condition. All postcards are Golden Age size 3 1/2" by 5 1/2", unless otherwise noted in description above.
We make every attempt to accurately describe our items, please remember vintage and antique items are not usually in "perfect" condition. Normal age wear is expected. We also provide any additional photos and information upon request. we are always willing to entertain reasonable offers and discounts on multiple purchases, please feel free to contact us :)
Sold OutFabulous figural covered jar is the epitome of Art Deco period decor. Designed by artist Jean Born (Robj) this ceramic glazed porcelain box is hand painted in the shape of a woman holding a flower. This particular design has been referenced to have been used as a women's tobacco jar, a vanity box to hold cotton balls, a bonbonniere (bon bon jar) and as a potpourri jar. Whatever the choice you couldn't ask for a more fashionable statement to hold your treasures.
Please only purchase if you are the pre-arranged person. TY
An amazing oil on canvas by Ernie P. Smith (1907-1975) an established and highly recognized Iroquois artist. The detail and colors are truly exceptional, depicting a young Native American Warrior preparing his headdress.
Canvas: 13" x 19"
Frame: 15" x 21"
Signed lower right
This piece has been professionally framed in a dark wood exterior to compliment the beautiful artwork.
There is a Meibohm Art Gallery Label affixed to the reverse, this piece more than likely was originally purchased by the previous owner at their gallery which is located in East Aurora NY.
Purchased from the Dr. Roger Sweetland Estate a prominent resident and collector of East Aurora NY.
Ernest Smith was a Tonawanda Seneca resident and one of the few artists chosen by Arthur Parker to help contribute to the WPA Project. Parker was the director of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences from 1924-1945. In 1934, Arthur Parker initiated a program, The Works Progress Administration (WPA), to essentially rescue the native arts and crafts of the New York Indians before they were lost.
Smith was asked to contribute which resulted in over 240 works of art in watercolor and oil over a six year period.
Each piece captured a moment of daily life or illustration of Native American mythology. One piece has been heavily circulated and can be purchased as a poster, titled "Sky Woman". Unfortunately, the WPA Project was halted prematurely when funding stopped and the warehouse housing the majority of the artists works caught fire.
Smith's paintings are filled with symbolism and knowing what the symbols represent makes his work even that much more beautiful and complex. It is in this way that Smith is truly able to "speak" through his paintings. The majority of his works have either been lost or are now housed in the Rochester Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, the RMSC and the NYS Museum as well as a small collection at the Iroquois Museum. For more examples of Smith's work please visit here:
To own a piece of Iroquois history such as this by such a talented artist is an honor all its own.