Here is one of a great set of seven antique postcards advertising Kinder-garten shoes with a Mother Goose theme. The image is based on one of the most famous picture books of its time, Denslow’s Mother Goose, which spawned many imitators. These cards are thought to be the unauthorized work of a Denslow imitator. The original verses were altered to mention Kindergarten Shoes, and are signed “F. F.” A very attractive, colorful and fun to collect set.
Here we have Hush-a-bye Baby (a beautiful little Indian papoose). In good condition, with a little color loss on the top and with a long message on the back, but never mailed.
Seven is an odd number for a set, but some of the cards verify that this is the correct number: “A set of 7 different designs of these Kinder-garten Mother Goose post cards, of which this is one, sent post paid on receipt of 2 two-cent stamps. This panel left blank for writing on cards we send you. Smith-Wallace Shoe Co, Chicago, Ill.” I have seen cards in this set postmarked in 1906 (Denslow’s Mother Goose came out in 1901.)
Cards I’m listing separately include: Mary Quite Contrary, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Old Woman in a Shoe & Hush-a-bye Baby
Please visit the “Oz Illustrators” page of my Ebay store for other unusual Denslow related items!