[Mechanical Card] "A Happy New Year" Card, featuring children in a balloon
Near Fine. N.d., circa 1890. You pull a tab on top and the balloon rises and lifts up off the card, unveiling behind in a window two grown, attractive ladies gazing out into a lake. The card, which is 11.5 by 7.5 cm, has delicate detailing with very precise cut-outs, such as the wisps of paper representing the ropes attaching the balloon to the basket in which the boy and girl are riding. The scenery overall is a semi-groomed Victorian paradisical ideal, both on the foreground and in the revealed window. The landscape pictorial has mounted details, and the whole pictorial in fact is also mounted, and this renders the image a dimensionality. The chromolithography is bright and intense, and the card border has fine ridging. Overall, a special Victorian ephemeral survivor. The card was clearly once mounted into an album, so one can see the paste residue markings on the blank rear, but otherwise, the fine paper cuts are supremely well preserved, with perhaps a touch of damage -- we can't say whether or not every detail is exactly as it once was, in other words.
(Inventory #: 005144)
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