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Posted 02/24/2022   12:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm wondering how common this type of card is. I've seen other cards that were pressed to make ornaments extrude a bit from the flat areas (like the wreaths), but this card also has Santa in his sleigh in what must be an early plastic, extending quite a ways out of the card. This probably wreaked havoc on cancelling machines and I expect it was banned eventually. Another unusual feature of this one is that the green background is felt.

Does anyone have other examples?



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Posted 02/24/2022   01:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
They're found often enough but as you have suspected, they did not necessarily hold up well in storage. I think this could have been held out from being machine cancelled in a big city, depending on thickness. But I have a couple of thick cards that each frame a piece of enclosed embroidery that went through machine cancelling equipment just fine.

This clearly looks like a two-layer card, so the embossing of the face doesn't go through to the back. That allows a flat surface for writing but costs more to make and buy, obviously.

And I think this is just heavily embossed while being printed with metallic inks. So yeah, Santa is integral to the card and not glued on as far as I can see. The purple/magenta was added by hand. The felt appears to be flocking, just a finer type than used for most greeting cards today.
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Posted 02/24/2022   1:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This required some closer examination. You were right about the flocking, which only looks like felt, and it is a two layer card. But Santa's sleigh really is attached -- I was able to slide a bit of paper behind it. And it's not plastic, it's actually some type of metal, heavier than aluminum. So it certainly could have damaged a machine canceller. Fortunately, this was mailed in a tiny town (about a hour's drive from my home) for city delivery, so it got a hand stamp.

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Posted 02/24/2022   1:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a single-layer card that has some pretty elaborate embossing. I can't imagine trying to write a message on the back!



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Posted 02/24/2022   2:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
GregAlex wrote:

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But Santa's sleigh really is attached

Wow, this was really some production for the times, then. Puzzling that the sender didn't even scribble a "Merry Christmas" for a message after spending money for a fancy card like this.

Anyone have a guess as to the manufacturer?
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Posted 03/30/2022   4:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Scotty19 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's another unusual combination...I don't know if bas relief is a better term here than embossing, but in any case, this is not your usual leather postcard made with hot branding tool. The reverse side looks very rough and unfinished compared to the image side.

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Posted 06/11/2022   4:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ThanksInAdvance to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Those are all great! It really jumps out at you.
I have a few, although my photos didn't turn out as nice as yours. The first one stands out the most.










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