International Women’s Day — March 8

March 8 is International Women’s Day.

In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. (Wikipedia)

March 8 has been an official holiday in Russia and an occasion when postcard greetings were popular. Here is a sampling of some of the March 8 International Women’s Day postcards. These date from the 1960s to the 1980s. Most are in the Russian language, but some postcards were published in languages of other Soviet countries. Flowers were the most popular motif and appear on nearly every card in some form. I think that the most interesting cards are ones that have flowers in combination with women and/or children. Some cards have an international theme with a globe or peoples of various countries. Cute animals have also appear on some March 8 postcards.

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8 Марта – Международный женский денъ: 8 March – International Women’s Day 1973

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8 Марта с праздинком: (the holiday, on the occasion) 1975

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Министерcтво связи СССР: The Ministry of Communications of the USSR. Many cards were published  with preprinted postage on the back like this.

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Поздравляю: Congratulations. 1969

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С праздинком:(the holiday; on the occasion. Торты : Cakes. 1983

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Ukrainian language. БЕРЕЗНЬ: March. З святом: Happy. 1961

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С днем 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1977

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Estonian language. 8 märts: March 8. 1966

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С праздинком 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1983

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С праздинком 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1981

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С праздинком 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1980

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Private Message Card

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Colourpicture Publishers published this unusual style of  Plastichrome Private Message Card, circa early 1960s. This style seems like a clever idea, but it never became popular. The postcard has a gummed edge and is scored so the message area can be covered and the card sealed before mailing. The gummed strip on the side is perforated so that the recipient can tear the card open to “look inside.”

The overall size of this card is 8-1/4″ X 4″. The portion to the left of the fold line is about the size of a regular postcard. This style of Private Message Card was also used for view cards. The view cards that I have seen have two different images–a larger one on the left and a smaller one to the right of the fold line.

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Love Messages by Mail

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The postcard above is titled “I Send My Love by Mail.” It is a Valentine postcard with an illustration by artist Katharine Gassaway, copyright 1906. Katharine Gassaway’s art appeared in books and on postcards by several publishers. This postcard is by an unknown publisher.

Below is a wooden postcard that is one of several instances I have seen in which an illustration used on a paper postcard was adapted for use on a wooden postcard. The wooden card appears to be one on which the design was printed on the wood and burned by a home woodburning hobbyist. Printing can be seen on the back. Sometimes the back was also burned on this type of card, but in this case the postcard markings have not been burned. The postcard logo is distinctive, but unidentified.

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Postcards by Wood-Block Printer T. Tokuriki

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These are wood block printed postcards published by Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-1999). Tokuriki was both a print maker and a teacher. He is known mainly for his non-postcard prints. I have not been able to find much information specifically about these … Continue reading

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Classic Chromes — 2015 Favorites

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My Postcard Gems Blog showcases “The Best of Classic American Vintage Chrome Postcards of the 1950s to 1970s” from my postcard collection. Here I have selected a favorite one from each month of 2015 that I consider among the “best … Continue reading

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С новым годом — Soviet New Year Postcard

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This is a Soviet New Year postcard published in 1961 by the publishing house “Soviet Artist” Moscow (изд-ва “советский художник” Москва). The artists are V. Arbekov  and G. Renkov who also designed other Soviet New Year cards.

New Year postcards were popular in the Soviet Union, and space was a popular theme. С новым годом! means Happy New Year in Russian.  This design uses the crescent moon as the letter “С” and the little cosmonaut’s rocket as the exclamation point “!” of the greeting.

This postcard has a handwritten message on the back that appears to be in Finnish and sent from Petroskoi.

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Chicago Fair of 1950

The Chicago Fair of 1950 was held from June 24 to September 4.  It was held on the same lake front site as the Chicago Railroad Fairs of 1948 and 1949.

The official symbol of the Chicago Fair was The Spiramid, designed by Charles Bracken. The design was a combination of a spiral and a pyramid, symbolizing the upward spiral of American progress from a solid base of freedoms and enterprise.  According to the Official Guide Book, the Spiramid was selected because it was considered the most modern way of symbolizing the Fair’s theme — “To depict and dramatize achievements of agriculture, commerce, industry and science which under our pioneer heritage, promise new ever-higher standards of American living.”

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The main attraction was the pageant, “Frontiers of Freedom.” There were fourteen fast-moving scenes depicting the American Story from William Penn’s 1682 “Great Treaty” with  the Indians to “The March of Machines.” The pageant had a cast of 150 and was presented on an open air stage along the lake shore.

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Dixieland was just inside the south gate. This was a village representing the history of the Old South.

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One of the Dixieland features was the Show Boat Theater.

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Eight houses of various styles of construction were exhibited at the Avenue of American Homes.  The houses displayed the latest in home furnishings and modern styling.

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The Big Top Circus was located near the north end of the fairgrounds. This was a one ring European type circus presented outdoors several times daily.

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The Cypress Gardens Water Thrill Show was near the circus. The show featured water skiing with World Champion performers,  Florida Water Ski Maidens, and Aquaclowns.

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There was an events platform for the use of various organizations at the north end of the grounds.

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The 60-foot tower of the Johnson and Johnson first aid station is visible in this scene along the midway.

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The narrow gauge Deadwood Central railway ran between Dixieland near the South Entrance and the main entrance,

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The postcards displayed above are from a ten postcard series numbered from CF-100 to CF-109 in the top border. The Chicago Fair postcards are frequently misidentified as Chicago Word’s Fair of 1933-34. Although the 1950 date is not explicitly printed on the cards, the Curt Teich code number beginning with”0c” printed in the bottom border identifies them as 1950 postcards.

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