Ellen H. Clapsaddle was a prolific Victorian artist whose work appears on countless postcards. Her lovely Victorian images captivate me. The more Clapsaddle postcards I add to my collection, the more I want to share her work with others. For me, each of the images is like a little trip back through time. To that end, I started scanning my cards but soon noticed that age had not been kind--Clapsaddle's artistry was marred by dulling colors, specks, holes, scratches and deteriorating paper. Since there is no longer a copyright on the original cards, I decided to restore some luster to the fading graphics, examples of which appear here.
Music: Danny Kaye's version of Inchworm
Music: A Disney version of Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Music: John Barry's version of the theme from Somewhere in Time
Music: People are Strange by The Doors
Music: We Gather Together
Music: Over the River and Through the Woods
"Mechanical" postcards have moveable parts. How these wonderful cards made it through the mail 100 years ago is astounding. I have animated some of these cards to give the viewer a sense of what it is like to turn the wheels that produce kaleidoscopic effects.
Animated versions of a dozen vintage mechanical postcards by Ellen H. Clapsaddle and others. Music: The Beach Boys' Little Saint Nick
Come and see my new animations of vintage mechanical postcards with valentine themes
stated, copyright held by Barbara Beck-Ramsay, ©1980-2008
Unless otherwise stated, copyright held by Jason P. Silvestri, ©2008-2009