Sunday, August 15, 2021


Wish You Were Here, from Syd B. Griffin


Here's an unexpected and rather mysterious find. Magazine and newspaper cartoonist Syd B. Griffin was not known to have had painterly ambitions, yet here is a postcard showcasing just that, and showing he certainly had a gift for it. 

The text along the left edge says "Original Painting Only Copyrighted by Sydney B. Griffin 1905". Though the word "Only" would seem to indicate that the postcard publisher was zealously guarding his product, they forgot to credit themselves on the card, which I find rather humorous. In fact the back of the card is completely blank except for the divider line running down the middle -- not even the ubiquitous box showing where to affix the stamp is included. 

I bet there's an interesting story behind this rare postcard, but I have no idea what it is.


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