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 were originally thought to be drawn by W. W. Denslow, but they are not signed by him, and the images are slightly different from the ones in his book, so they are now thought to be the unauthorized work of a Denslow imitator. The original verses were altered to mention Kindergarten Shoes, and the cards are signed “F. F.” A very attractive, colorful and fun to collect set.
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 as early as 1906 (Denslow’s Mother Goose came out in 1901.)
Here we have The Queen of Hearts. In near fine used condition, unused and very clean.