‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Reinthal & Newman Female Postcards
|Size||3 7/16″ x 5 1/2″
|Number in Set
Reinthal & Newman Female Postcards Overview
These postcards featured various women, most in a non-sports capacity. Two, however, depicted athletes of a sort. One has a girl with what appears to be a basketball (shown here) and the other is a tennis player. While other women are depicted in the overall set of the postcards, the two athletes feature the same person – a younger girl. The basketball postcard can have the girl wearing either a blue and white outfit as shown here or also a red and white one.
Color lithographs of the women are on the fronts and they are identified as a Reinthal & Newman (a popular New York publisher) issue. The fronts also have a somewhat random word or phrase printed at the bottom.
The backs have the Reinthal & Newman logo, a crossed “R” and “N” and also a card number. They also have the print, “Entered Stationers Hall, London.” The backs are standard postcard backs with a divider line to separate the message from the recipient address. Other similar (but different) versions of these postcards are found with the Reinthal & Newman logo on the back but with a Charles Scribner copyright on the front.
A date is not printed on them but the used ones are generally postmarked in the early 1910s.
The basketball postcard is somewhat questionable. No basket is present in the picture and the ball looks to be slightly oversized. However, it is likely to depict some type of sport since the same girl is featured playing tennis and basketball seems the most logical here. Girls were in fact playing basketball that early and many postcards depicting women with basketballs are known.
Finally, a similar set with the same layout was also produced for Reinthal & Newman but for Cosmopolitan Magazine.
Reinthal & Newman Female Postcards Checklist
While there are numerous non-sports figures, to date, I have only seen the following postcards featuring athletes. Others may exist.
- Basketball Player (blue/white and red/white variations)
- Tennis Player