Saturday, November 8, 2008
I got this one because of its date, 1883. That is about 18 years after Alice in Wonderland came out. I would be interested in whether anyone has anything dated before 1865? Or did Lewis Carroll start a revival of mushroom fascination? In any case this is about a quarter of the size of a postcard, so not much of a special gift to get with your organ.
This has a more playful, Spring feel to it. The artist is a woman, I believe (Marja deRuyter). The flute player appears to be playing along with the bird, while the caterpillars and flowers dance. The scene has a 'communing with nature" feel to it for me.
This is one of the few cards that have women depicted and they seem rather shy, despite their boisterous psychedelic mushroom hats. Note the little one off to the right, smothered by his hat and a few more in the background. Again, they are near the symbiotic evergreen.
This one seems more innocent and childlike. The red-clad elf appears rather Santa-esque, however, complete with a polkadot top that mimics the Mushroom. They are all smoking pipes, a common theme. I believe that is mistletoe at the bottom of the (presumably) oak tree. The oak tree had deep significance in nordic paganism, representing the tree of life, but then again, maybe this just a big tree. The candle is quite luminescent.
Note the bell is hanging from and upside down mushroom, which also serves conveniently as a candle holder. You can check on e-bay and find a lot of mushroom Christmas ornaments. I'm guessing that they used the real thing at one point in time. Again, the mushrooms do grow symbiotically with evergreens. Note also the four leaf clovers. I imagine they had more than just "good luck" symbolism at some point. Anyone know?
This one has a touch of Spring in the air. What kind of bird is that? Note again, the four leaf clovers. I googled and see that clovers had special significance to the Druids, and four leaf clovers were worn as charms to "ward off evil spirits."
Fly Agaric Mushrooms tend to grow symbiotically with evergreens, like the one the bird is perched upon while singing.
The guy on the mushroom is looking rather serene as he adjusts his pipe. Note the four leaf clovers, a common theme in these postcards. The "New Year" cards seem more psychedelic than the Christmas ones. Presumably, at one time the winter solstice and new year were one and the same thing. Anyone know what the flowers are on the archway? And to quote Bob Marley "What you got in that hollow bag right there? What'd you say you got?"