Vintage Finds: Painted Botanical Postcard

Hand Painted Vintage Botanical Postcard 1941

I found this hand painted postcard at a vintage paper show. It is dated on the back, December 18, 1941 and was sent to Long Island, USA from New York City.

Hand Painted Vintage Botanical Postcard 1941

It took some doing (I had a hard time reading the handwriting), but I’ve identified the two botanical names inscribed at the bottom. The one on the left is Saponaria aka Soapwort, and the second on the right reads Menta Selvetica, which is Italian for Wild Mint. Both plants are depicted above their names.

Other plants appear to be red snapdragon, silvery leaves that look like wormwood (Artemisia), and something in the Aster Family, my best guess is hawkweed (Hieracium).

Hand Painted Vintage Botanical Postcard 1941

Note that the postal stamp is in keeping with World War 2 messaging: “Industry | Agriculture FOR DEFENSE.”

Hand Painted Vintage Botanical Postcard 1941
Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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One thought on “Vintage Finds: Painted Botanical Postcard

  1. This is an awesome find! All of yours are, which I’ve been admiring on instagram, but there is something to be said for something handmade such as this.

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