Post Cards  -  WH Series  -    Berlin

Scott Monument

and

National Galleries

Postcard with cut-out windows and moon to be held up to the light for effect.

Postcard

Postcard published by WH Berlin, with many small cut-out windows and moon, to be held up to the light   -  Edinburgh Castle and Scott Monument

  For permission to reproduce, please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

The back of the postcard, with a very simple address

Postcard published by WH, Berlin, with many small cut-out windows and moon, to be held up to the light   -  Holyrood Palace and Arthur's Seat

  For permission to reproduce, please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

Post Cards  -  WH Series  -    Berlin

Edinburgh Castle,  Scott Monument and National Galleries

The Postcard

The card above is one of many produced by WH of Berlin.  These cards all show buildings in Britain (and abroad?) with cut-out windows and moon, intended to be held up to the light for effect.

This was a postcard from 1901, with an undivided back (where only the address was permitted on the back of the card, and the message (if any) had to be written on the front.

The View

This view looks to the west along Princes Street, towards:

-  the Scott Monument

-  the National Galleries

Edinburgh Castle

zoom-in and enlarge the picture

  Zoom-in to the picture on a ostcard published by WH Berlin, with many small cut-out windows and moon, to be held up to the light   -  Edinburgh Castle and Scott Monument

 

Question

Cut-outs

This early postcard above has over 150 small cut-outs. 

Cards produced a few years later had perhaps 30 or 40 cut-outs.

How were the cut-outs made?  They have the appearance of having been cut manually, but what a lot of work!  ...   and how much did the cards sell for?

Reply

Thank you to Phil Wilson of Aberdeen  who sent the following comments:

 I agree with Phil's comments:

"I can't believe the hole-punching was done manually.  The number of cards would have been prohibitive I think.  It must have been done by something like an automated punching machine, perhaps an adapted sewing machine.

I'm afraid, even in German, there's a distinct lack of information on this."

Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland:  January 8, 2006

 

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