Image of African-American boy smiling, as if he were coming out of front of the card. Scarce card!
Publisher name under image ‘THE ALBERTYPE CO. BROOKLYN NY’.
French text, lady writing to her sister back home. Asking to be sent the latest fashion catalogs. They have been to Jacksonville and are now in Kansas City: ”...the trees are starting to bloom and the grass is a nice dark green…”
Mailed, postmarked 'KANSAS CITY MO WESTPORT STA. APR 26 1901’ to Cherbourg France. Postmarks from Paris and Cherbourg. Two-cent Washington stamp.
Some light smudges on back.
The Albertype Co. (1887-1952) 205 (260) Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY
The Wittemann brothers, Adolph and Herman had worked as printers and publishers since 1867. They first started printing books and pioneer postcards under the Albertype name in 1890. Herman ran the firm while Adolph acted as an agent, both finding customers for their services and taking photographs to be made into cards. Eventually they printed images by many photographers both in house and out. Their early collotype cards were printed by Louis Glaser, but they eventually set up their own print shops in the United States. They went on to became a major publisher of national view-cards, producing about 25,000. Their postcards were not numbered and their name appears within the stamp box on their early cards.
While most of Albertype’s postcards were based on photographs…