Sunday, January 15, 2012

Postcards: Montevideo

With postmarks dating from 1904 to 1919, these three postcards hail from the capital town of Uruguay. Interestingly, all three of these cards were printed in London, England. Evidently commissioned by the Uruguayan government, London based printers, Waterlow & Sons Limited, were established in the early nineteenth century and dealt in the printing of stamps and bank notes.

All three of these postcards have notes or messages written on the reverse side, but my interests lay in the graphic nature of the front sides with not only their original layouts, but also the added handwriting and postal markings. Their final compositions resemble the resulting forays of mail art pieces or collage, as my previous post.

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