1907 Earl Christy / P. Sander Romance No. 198 Postcards Set and Checklist
‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Earl Christy / P. Sander Romance No. 198 Postcards
|Size||3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
|Number in Set
1907 Earl Christy / P. Sander Romance No. 198 Postcards Overview
These unique postcards depicted a variety of sports and included a man and a woman, creating a series featuring sports and romance.
Each postcard features a color lithograph with equipment from various sports at the bottom. A title was printed to reflect the sport and a romantic situation between the couple that was depicted.
Earl Christy, who created the artwork for countless other sports series’ of the era, designed these postcards. They were produced by the P. Sander Company, based out of New York. The fronts also included card numbers that all began with ‘198-‘ to help collectors keep track of which ones they had in the series. Backs had no identifying information as to the series and included a simple divided postcard backing.
The most popular card in the set features the sport of ice hockey. On it, a man and woman are shown with hockey sticks and the caption, “Hockey is not the only game.” At a glance, one could wonder if it was ice hockey or field hockey depicted here. But the man is carrying ice skates on his back, which makes it pretty clear that these are ice hockey cards.
While hockey is the key card in the set, other popular cards include the sports of golf and tennis.
Variations of these postcards exist. Specifically, the images on them are seen on other types of postcards.
In particular, I have seen a variant of the hockey postcard that utilizes the same image but with parts of the apparel worn by the man and woman that is colored differently. Additionally, while the postcard did include Earl Christy’s name it did not include the caption at the bottom nor the P. Sander name. Those variants seem to be rarer than the P. Sander version.
1907 Earl Christy / P. Sander Romance No. 198 Postcards Checklist
Note that all numbers below have a 198- prefix.
- Horseback Riding (Is horseback riding bad for the heart?)
- Hunting (Trying to make a hit)
- Tennis (A good racquet for two)
- Hockey (Hockey is not the only game)