Earl Christy / Valentine Artotype Postcards Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Earl Christy / Valentine Artotype  Postcards
Year 1900s
Size 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Images Color
Type Postcards
Number in Set
7 (?)

Earl Christy / Valentine Artotype Postcards Overview

These unique postcards were similar to other issues, such as the R. Hill ‘Rah Rah’ postcards produced around the same time period.

Each postcard featured a female fan or cheerleader for a particular school. However, instead of holding a pennant, which was common in other postcard sets, the girls are seen holding a larger flag. The bottom has a cheer for each school. One difference between this set and other Rah Rah issues such as the R. Hill set or the A.H. set is that the backgrounds on the Artotype postcards are complete with scenery. Many other similar sets had blank backgrounds instead.

Backs include a simple, traditional postcard layout without a line to separate the message from the recipient’s address. Because of that, you will often see these postcards with writing on the front and only an address on the back.

Artwork was done by Earl Christy, who was the artist for several, similar issues. The publisher was Valentine and Sons Publishing and these postcards were part of a series they called ‘Artotype.’ Christy’s work also appeared on other Valentine issues.

Earl Christy / Valentine Artotype Postcards Checklist

Below are the postcards in the set I have identified to date. It is possible that others exist.

  1. Columbia
  2. Cornell
  3. Harvard
  4. Penn
  5. Princeton
  6. Rensselaer
  7. Yale

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