Earl Christy Female Sports Postcards Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Earl Christy Female Sports Postcards
Year c1906-08
Size 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Images Color
Type Postcards
Number in Set

Earl Christy Female Sports Postcards Overview

These are some of the many postcards picturing artwork from Earl Christy.

The cards do not include titles and included color pictures of women participating in a variety of sports or recreational activities.

There are two distinct types of pictures in this set. One type pictures women individually and a second type features female sports fans (presumably for football) riding in buggies with team pennants.

Fronts include a color image with white borders. The borders on the top and, particularly, the bottom, are thick, giving them a bit of a resemblance to old Polaroid pictures. The most popular cards in the set are ones that depicts a female golfer and a tennis player.

Backs of the cards includes the words ‘Post Card’ at the top and an indication that they could be mailed domestically for one cent or internationally for two cents. They include a simple divider line style with the left hand side dedicated to the area for a message and the recipient’s address on the right side. Small card numbers are printed at the bottom on the back.

Borderless Types

It should be noted that a second, rarer parallel set of these cards exists. The second set has a similar look but is borderless on the left, right, and top.

The second set bears the name of the Illustrated Post Card and Novelty Company of New York beneath the pictures. While that set is rarer, there is not typically much of a difference in price. Both types of cards are relatively affordable with cards starting around $10. Cards for golf and tennis can command more, however — starting around $15-$20.

While the first style of cards does not include a date, many of the used ones have had postmark dates of 1908. More importantly, the second type of postcards have a copyright date of 1906. Thus, the borderless cards are typically identified as either 1906 while the ones with white borders are seen as 1908 issues — even if some of the cards may have been issued slightly before or after that year.

Earl Christy Female Sports Postcards Checklist

Below are the known cards in this set. It is likely that others exist and that the set is not skip numbered.

  • 552. Swinging
  • 554. Bowling
  • 557. Boating
  • 567. Automobile Riding
  • 569. Princeton Fans
  • 572. Golf
  • 574. Penn Fans
  • 577. Carriage Riding
  • 579. Harvard Fans
  • 582. Yale Fans
  • 584. Tennis

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