Mystic Witch, 1912

This sepia lithographic postcard appeared in “Series 153” published by the Fairman Company of New York. It is stamped with their logo which reads “The [flower] of Pink Perfection. Regd The Fairman Co. N.Y.” (if you read strictly left-to-right) or “The Pink of Perfection …” (if you read one side of the flower-logo and then the other), which makes more sense.

According to Mashburn, many of the designs that were used by the Fairman Company are the same as those used by the Gibson Art Company, but I have only see this one—and the cards I will be posting from “Series 152″—with Pink of Perfection logos. (Fantasy Postcards: A Comprehensive Reference (1996), 237, 239.) BTW The logo used on the previous series (R) was similar, but not identical, to the one on this card (L), as you can see above.

This card was in the same fabulous collection as the one I posted last week. The seller claims that the artist is Kathryn Elliott and that this is one of a seven card set. Although there is a hint of a signature beneath the really cool owl (below), I can “neither confirm nor deny” that it is the signature of Kathryn Elliott!

If it is Elliott—and Elliott was one of The Fairman Co. stable of artists—she was certainly gifted. The monochrome shading is subtle but hugely effective. Look at the face of the witch and the glowing eyes of her familiar!

The caption for the card reads:

The black cat wears its mystic ring,
The witch bat spreads its fearsome wing,
The goblins weirdly chant and sing,

I am not sure how a cat wears a “mystic ring”—unless the mystic ring is the crescent moon that surrounds both the cat and the witch. The “witch bat” is pretty cure rather than “fearsome,” and there is not much evidence of goblins weirdly chanting. Still, the whole poem has a lovely rhythm and the witch is both elegant and beautiful, so I am not complaining!

[And yes, I realise that the witch isn’t described as “mystic” on this card, but (1) after 353 posts it is difficult to come up with new post-titles and (2) it is my blog so I can do whatever I want! Just saying.]

3 Responses to “Mystic Witch, 1912”

  1. “…Current theory about the origins of the witches and the flight with their brooms is based in a ritual implying a psychoactive voyage of drug. The witches would apply an ointment of flight to facilitate them in their voyage. There are many receipts for this ointment all which have a base of belladonna of atrope or officinarum of Mandragora, all two strongly psychoactive drugs producing visions and encouraging astral projection. The ointment was rubbed everywhere the body using the broom with a personal account given by a witch who described the act to rub the ointment on it the hands and the feet which gave a feeling of the flight…” (Sorry about the style! Just quoting)

  2. Alas, it appears that all the images you posted are broken. The public demands their sexy witches!

  3. redwitch1 Says:

    Okelle, I don’t know why the image-links would be broken for you, because they are not broken for me! Weird. “For whom art the links broken / they are broken for thee” RW

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