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Princeton University Postcards

December 13, 2016

We were inspired to write about Princeton postcards recently after exploring a delightful book titled Princeton: A Picture Postcard History of Princeton and Princeton University.

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This well researched book details some interesting nuances about early Princeton postcards. We always knew that the “card” series of postcards were highly collectible and sought after. We didn’t realize that there were eight cards produced in the series. Four “College Queens” including Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale and Harvard were accompanied by four “College Kings” which included Cornell, Michigan, Columbia and the University of Chicago. The cards were issued before the formation of the Ivy League by Raphael Tuck & Sons of England and Michigan and Chicago were at the time football rivalries to the eastern schools.

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Raphael Tuck & Son’s claim to fame was they were “Art Publishers to Their Majesties the King and Queen.”

We also learned that the “Big Cannon” depicted in the postcard below was the larger of two field pieces abandoned by the British during the American Revolution.

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The postcard below depicts Patton Hall shown just before the Second World War when it was the last dormitory to the south of the main campus. You can see the remote nature this part of the campus had with grass tennis courts in front of the dorm. The building was named for Francis Landey Patton who was the president of the University when it was renamed from the College of New Jersey to Princeton.

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F. Earl Christy College Postcards

April 1, 2013

F. Earl Christy was an American Artist who lived from 1882-1961. His oeuvre includes many works of art relating to early college football, with a particular emphasis on the Ivy League. This post we feature his beautiful postcards.

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F. Earl Christy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1882. The “F” is believed to stand for “Frederic”. At 17, he painted originals for the Boardwalk Atlantic City Picture company, with many of his early works published by the J. Hoover and Sons Calendar Company of Philadelphia. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts from 1905-1907.
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Christy practically invented the illustrated image of the “All-American Girl,” at least for the Ivy-League set. His early works glorified the society college girl – always beautifully dressed at football games, golf and tennis tournaments, riding in automobiles or playing instruments. His first College Girl postcard series was published in 1905 by the U.S.S. Postcard Company. When the college girl fad had run its course, he went on to paint more mature men and women, movie stars and political figures, still romantically idealized.

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We have many nice Christy items on our website:

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F. Earl Christy – Ceramic & Porcelain College Collectables

January 19, 2009

We have previously written about one of our favorite artists, F. Early Christy. Christy did a lot of college illustrations and work early in his career including postcards, illustrations, pillows, etc. This time we focus on his works related to ceramics and porcelain.

A beautiful set of mugs and a pitcher were adorned with Christy artwork, seen below. Such finely crafted items normall sell for upward of $300 each mug. This versions features a play from Yale. Christy also did versions of the same mugs for Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Examples of Columbia University and Yale plates. Christy did most of this working during the very early part of the 20th century, prior to 1910. These particular mugs were manufactured by Avon.

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Lovely Yale and Columbia  mugs  worth in the $400 range:

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F. Earl Christy College Memorabilia

December 29, 2008

F. Earl Christy was an American Artist who lived from 1882-1961. His oeuvre includes many works of art relating to early college football, with a particular emphasis on the Ivy League. His works were shown on pillows, postcards, magazine covers, mugs, pitchers… An example of his work is seen below – an image of a Yale girl on a pillowcase.

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Christy practically invented the illustrated image of the “All-American Girl,” at least for the Ivy-League set. His early works glorified the society college girl – always beautifully dressed at football games, golf and tennis tournaments, riding in automobiles or playing instruments. His first College Girl postcard series was published in 1905 by the U.S.S. Postcard Company. When the college girl fad had run its course, he went on to paint more mature men and women, movie stars and political figures, still romantically idealized. His work can be found on the covers of vintage fan magazines like Photoplay, Modern Screen, Pictorial Review, Popular Songs, Radio Stars, Screen Album, Screen Romances, and Shadowplay – not to mention sheet music, fans, blotters, book illustrations, boxes, jigsaw puzzles, posters, serving trays, bookmarks, advertising mailers, catalogs, programs, china, and textiles [Reprinted from Vintage Image Craft].

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Later in his career Christy would go on to specialize in glamorous women during the Art Deco period and did many illustrations of women in suggestive and alluring positions.

F. Earl Christy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1882.  The “F” is believed to stand for “Frederic”. At 17, he painted originals for the Boardwalk Atlantic City Picture company, with many of his early works published by the J. Hoover and Sons Calendar Company of Philadelphia. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts from 1905-1907. A University of Pennsylvania post card that mimics a playing card is seen below:

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