8 Vintage Alfred Mainzer Flower Postcards

Updated on February 13, 2018
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I love the look and feel of vintage and antique items. My collections contain quite a few beautiful items that I enjoy sharing.

Violet Postcard
Violet Postcard | Source

Vintage Alfred Mainzer Floral Postcards

I have some very beautiful vintage collectible postcards that I would like to share. I found them in a drawer in my mother's house. She was an avid yard sale and church white elephant sale shopper.

Although Alfred Mainzer, Inc. was located in Long Island City, New York, all of their vintage floral postcards were printed in Belgium.

You would probably recognize their vintage dressed cat postcards. There was a series of cards with cats, kittens and some dogs dressed as humans, doing day to day human tasks. (Animals dressed in clothing, performing human tasks, are known as "anthropomorphic." ) However, Mainzer produced many different postcard designs.

The company is still in business today and makes greeting cards.

Two Examples of Anemone Designs

Anemones
Anemones | Source

Here are two different flower postcards, both entitled "Anemones" on the back.

The one on the left is numbered "427" and the one on your right "442"

Forget-Me-Nots - Number 426

Forget-Me-Nots
Forget-Me-Nots | Source

Forget-Me-Nots

This is a very nice group of forget-me-nots. It has a really old world feel to the design, colors and background. The forget-me-nots, as are violets, are a favorite theme in the Victorian era. Many a Victorian card, particularly for Valentine's Day, were decorated with forget-me-nots

Field Flowers and Fieldflowers

 Field-flowers -Two Versions
Field-flowers -Two Versions | Source

The card on the left is labeled "Field Flowers" #415 and the one on the right is labeled "Fieldflowers" #403

To me, the one on the right appears to be field flowers collected in the fall and the one on the left spring. Interesting, today we would probably call these "wildflowers". I wonder if this was the terminology used for wild flowers back then, or if it is just the way the company chooses to label them.

Daisies

Daisies - Number 410
Daisies - Number 410 | Source

This postcard is a lot more vibrant than the rest. However, it still has a vintage look to it. It is number 410.

Some of his other designs seem more appropriately named "daisies" than this one --- although these are shasta daisies.

Carnation Alpine Ox-Eye

Alpine-Ox-Eye
Alpine-Ox-Eye | Source

The Carnation Alpine Ox-Eye has a darker background than some of the others. There is more contrast, but it does make the flowers stand out.

This is number 418

Violets—One of the Prettiest

Violets
Violets | Source

Violets Are My Favorite—and...Maybe Forget-Me-Nots Second

All of the florals shown above
All of the florals shown above | Source

Maybe some of these remind you of the flowers in your garden or a bouquet you received.

Which is your favorite? Why?

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Dating Postcards

Back of Card
Back of Card | Source

One way to tell an approximate date it was published is to look at the manufacturer's address on the back.

For United States addresses, 1 or 2 digit zone numbers were introduced for large cities in 1943 and remained in effect until 1963. In 1963, the 5 digit ZIP code was introduced for all across the US.

As this card has a zone number, we know it was produced between 1943 and 1964.

The absence of a zone code could mean it was produced before 1943 or the printers address was not in a large city.

The back shown is the same for all of the flower postcards shown in this article. The only difference between them is the flower title and number.

Another way to tell is if the postage amount is listed in the stamp area. Some have the cost of postage printed on them. If you look at this list you can get a good idea of what it cost to mail a postcard in a particular year.

Chicago Postcard Museum - History of Postcard Rates


Although there are many books on collecting postcards, I have been unable to find any that include information on Alfred Mainzer postcards.

I will keep looking.

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 Ellen Gregory

    Did you enjoy looking at these floral postcards? - Do you have a collection of your own?

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        The poll about relaxing isn't working for me today...a bug or glitch I suppose. My answer was that I found looking at your flower postcards both relaxing and refreshing....by the time I reached the first daisies I noticed that I was drawing in a cleansing breath....you drew me into this wonderful vintage world. I have to say...all your collections are giving you sweet opportunities with the new Squidoo desire for adding a personal touch, how excellent for you to be able to share your loves! :)

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        5 years ago from Canada

        Your vintage postcards are beautiful. Thank you so very much for sharing.

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        Mary Norton 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        This is really interesting. These are Collectibles I am not even aware of.

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        dellgirl 

        5 years ago

        You have shared a beautiful selection of postcards. I love this lens! Nice work. Thanks for sharing.

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        hotsquid 

        5 years ago

        Those are beautiful postcards. Not many people send postcards these days anymore... :(

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        lesliesinclair 

        5 years ago

        I don't have a collection, but these are pleasing.

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        getmoreinfo 

        6 years ago

        I really like these Vintage Alfred Mainzer Flower Postcards

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        Rose Jones 

        6 years ago

        I am a postcard NUT! You did these cards credit.

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        eccles1 

        6 years ago

        Yes they are so pretty

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        dream1983 

        6 years ago

        Nice lens, interesting reading! Squidlike

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        psiloveyou1 

        6 years ago

        These are beautiful and would be beautiful framed.

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        Virginia Allain 

        6 years ago from Central Florida

        I have some postcard valentines that are vintage. Love the old flower art.

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        flycatcherrr 

        6 years ago

        Kicking myself that the wonderful postcard collection I had as a child has disappeared *somewhere* over the years. My grandfather collected, too, and I had a number of his very old postcards. Sigh.

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        Ellen Gregory 

        6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

        @flycatcherrr: That is a shame. Probably stashed away in a box somewhere in the back of the closet or attic. It's surprising how many treasures you will find by opening boxes you had forgotten about.

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        Teri Villars 

        6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        I dated a postcard once. Since it didn't eat, it was a very cheap date, ha! Blessed

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        Michelle 

        6 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

        Beautiful lens. Flower postcards are ones I keep in my personal collection. I'll have to check and see if any of mine are his.

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        WriterJanis2 

        6 years ago

        Visually stunning.

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        julieannbrady 

        6 years ago

        Very cool postcards! Printed in Belgium? His style is quite enchanting.

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