Category : Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here, from Margaret G. Hays


Here’s a nice Christmas-themed card from Margaret G. Hays. This card is copyright 1908 by the Rose Company, which is the only company for which I’ve seen her produce cards.

Wish You Were Here, from Zim


Here’s a Zim card published by the H.G. Zimmerman concern of Chicago. We’ve seen enough of these on the blog to know that finding one with correct colour registration is quite unusual. But here we have one that looks perfect! 

I’m guessing that postcard senders were expected to fill in their location on the blank signpost; this card was postally unused, so it hasn’t had the indignity of someone’s scrawl added to it.

Wish You Were Here, from a Grace Drayton Imitator


There were lots of imitators for the royalty of women cartoonists — Rose O’Neill and Grace Drayton —  and the normally very classy Raphael Tuck Co. stooped to employing one of those imitators for their Oilette series titled “All For Her.” This series of cards featured baby versions of henpecked husbands, drawn in the style of Grace Drayton. This one is coded #8639.

My card is postally unused and undated, but according to collectors this series was issued in 1913, and the artist on the Drayton copies (there are some in other styles) is believed to be T. Parlett. Tuck’s Oilette series was so named because they were supposed to be the quality of miniature oil paintings; which makes this cartoon series seem a strange one to have under that umbrella.

Wish You Were Here, from Walt Munson


Walt Munson produced a lot of postcards in the so-called “linen period” of postcards. This I think I can be safe in saying was his most popular card design of all, as they are very easy to find. I guess card buyers liked the ever so slightly naughty design, sure to get a chuckle from the receiver. 

This card was produced by Tichnor Brothers of Boston, and is designated #124. Although postally unused and undated, I would hazard a guess that the card first appeared in the late 1930s.

Wish You Were Here, from Charles Schulz


Here is a Peanuts postcard issued by Hallmark. This one is coded 50PST 302-8 on the back, whatever all that means. Oddly, the copyright line on the reverse is for Linus only; usually these cards say “Peanuts Characters” are copyrighted. Is each Peanuts character separately copyrighted I wonder?

4 comments on “Wish You Were Here, from Charles Schulz

  1. Sure they are. Rather heavily, too. all characters worth licencing are. if you forget to, they soon become Public Domain, and so whatever licencing you want to do, might end up as free publicity to a now competing product. Remember Superman's "Bizzaro" world, where everything was the illogically a reverse image version of the normal world? D.C. didn't copyright it, and it became a PD term.
    Ever wonder why Bluto became "Brutus?" Because KFS didn't copyright Bluto.

  2. I believe "Bluto" became "Brutus" because some King Features legal minion was uncertain in the late '50s whether KFS actually owned the Bluto character.

    At the time, the syndicate was unable to determine whether Segar had created the character for the "Thimble Theatre" strip (which would mean that KFS owned it) or if the Fleischers had created Bluto as a foil for Popeye in theatrical cartoons (which would mean that the Fleischers or Paramount owned copyright to the character).

    Since Segar had indeed created Bluto (for a 1932 "Thimble Theatre" continuity), King Features did own the character… but since KFS didn't know that, the company simply developed "Brutus," an amazingly similar character, for use as Popeye's chief antagonist in the hundreds of inexpensive made-for-television cartoons King produced in the early '60s.

  3. Hello Griff,
    When Bluto was created in 1932, it was to specifically have a recognizable adversary for Popeye when the animated cartoons came out. Segar devised Bluto in a 1932 series(a year before the animated version debuted) with this in mind. I guess he didn't have interest in the character to ever bring him back in the strips.
    In fact, Bluto reappeared in the strip again briefly in the 1950's when it was done by Ralph Stein. but it was also the last time,as apparently it was determined that Bluto was not ours,as we copyrighted the strips he appeared in, but Paramount copyrighted the characters for their cartoons. "Screen Rights" one would call them. When Sagendorf took over the strip in 1959, he had occasionally used a Bluto-like character who didn't have a name…."Big guy" was about all the name he had, indicating we were hesitant at naming the character, yet definately didn't want him named Bluto. We were gearing up for the TV cartoons. With their launch in 1960, another Blutoesque villian had appeared, as Popeye needs such a story catalyst, but his new handle was "Brutus", a name we could copyright. Sagendorf's "big guy" became "Brutus" too. That confusion would follow was not a concern.

  4. Mark:

    Thanks for the clarification regarding "Bluto" and "Brutus"! I much appreciate hearing the real details on this.

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