Posted 8 years ago
The acronym B.B. can be Bad Boy, Brigitte Bardot, blunderbuss2 (too) and in postcards it’s Birn Brothers – a London based firm...It seems that all B. B. L0ndon’s cards are a part of a set usually of four/six, or more. This one is marked “B.B. London. Series No. H. 3.”
Title: (Glamour Girl/Lady)
Artist: Angelo Asti?
Publisher: B.B. London: Birn Brothers. This chromolithographic card was manufactured in Germany.
Size: 14.1cm x 9cm (5½" x 3½")
Description: colour card with a Glamour Girl used for a Christmas message.
“B.B. London. Series No. H. 3.” is printed at the bottom left hand side of the reverse of the card.
The handwritten text is dated “Xmas 1920. Wishing you a Merry
Xmas & Happy New Year from Marcia Allsopp.
Recipient of letter
Miss Maude Lankester
B B LONDON - Birn Brothers were a London, England publisher from c1905. They did embossed cards, teddy bears, crested views, angels, alphabet series and “Asti women”.
The Asti women are cards created by Angel Asti (1847-1903) an Italian who is credited with introducing the “glamour postcard”. His work for some manufacturers is signed “A. Asti”. According to net sources he also worked for Birn Brothers but his cards are not signed. There are examples on the net from a series H. 1. that are attributed to Asti. I have not yet found any other examples from the H. 3. Series.
Look at those eyes!
If you can fill me in with any other information on this card or about Angelo Asti I'd be very grateful!