1905 National Art Company / Archie Gunn ‘Miss’ Postcards Set and Checklist
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|Title||National Art Company / Archie Gunn ‘Miss’ Postcards
|Size||3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
|Number in Set
1905 National Art Company / Archie Gunn ‘Miss’ Postcards Overview
These postcards featured pictures of various women from around the country and the world. Almost all were non-sports related, featuring women in mostly formal apparel. One, though, did feature the sport of hockey.
Card No. 39 in the set featured a card for Miss Canada, who is depicted as a hockey player. She is holding a hockey stick while wearing a sweater, hats, and ice skates.
The postcards display color pictures of the women on the fronts with the name “Miss ________” at the bottom along with a card number. Artwork was created by Archie Gunn, who designed numerous postcard issues. These are artist-signed postcards as his name is written on the front. The backs are simple and understated with only a divider line. Backs also state that these were produced by the National Art Company.
The cards are copyrighted to 1905 as is printed on the front with Archie Gunn’s name. On many, however, the copyright date is not legible and/or faded away.
While most of the postcards in this series have the ‘Miss ___________’ name and card number in the set centered, a slightly different version exists as well.
In the variation, the card number exists, but is printed over to the left. In addition, there is no name (i.e. Miss __________) printed as well. The Archie Gunn name and copyright on the front still exists.
The font color for the names on each can also vary. Some were printed in blue while others are in black.
The variation is important to the hockey card as at least some versions (possibly all) have the same picture but with a Miss Toronto name instead of Miss Canada.
The variant hockey postcard is pictured here.
1905 National Art Company / Archie Gunn ‘Miss’ Postcards Checklist
The only sports-related postcard I have seen to date is No. 39 Miss Canada (hockey).