Item Description/Title: Antique 1904 black memorabilia/black americana romantic love Valentine-themed postcard, captioned “I Got My Eye On You”, to which the sender cutely added this additional wording: “and your skates, Luke McGlook”.
*Picture View Side of Postcard: Delightfully depicted is the vibrantly colorful and utterly charming imagery of a sideways-glancing young African American boy seated across from a young African American girl, and he is uttering these words of admiration to her: “I Got My Eye On You”.
The children are drawn as pickaninny caricatures (talk about politically incorrect - thank goodness the times they have ‘a changed!)
*Reverse Side of Postcard: Interestingly, there is a stamped marking that reads “not over ten thousand $10,000$”
Subject Matter/Genre: Topical - Cultures & Ethnicities - Black Memorabilia/Black Americana
Publisher/Markings/Signature: Lower left corner of view side is marked “Copyrighted 1904 by E. B. & E.”
Back: Divided back
Postal Usage: Postally used - Cancelled Once-Cent Capt. John Smith 1907 Commemorative Stamp, Postmarked June 8, 1907 Chicago, Ill, and is addressed to Harold Degenhardt, Kemper Place City. There is also the preprinted info “Not over ten thousand $10,000"
Age/Period: Antique - Copyright date of 1904
Material Type/Format/Style: Color Lithography on Paper
Quantity: One (1)
Size: 5 & ½" x 3 & ½"
Condition (kindly refer to “Grading Scale” below for specifics): Good!
CONDITION GRADING SCALE:
M - MINT: A perfect card just as it comes from the printing press. No marks, bends, or creases. No writing or postmarks. A clean and fresh card. Seldom seen.
NM - NEAR MINT: Like Mint but very light aging or very slight discoloration from being in an album for many years. Not as sharp or crisp.
EX - EXCELLENT: Like mint in appearance with no bends or creases, or rounded or blunt corners. May be postally used or unused and with writing and postmark only on the address side. A clean, fresh card on the picture side.
VG - VERY GOOD: Corners may be a bit blunt or rounded with minor faults at the corners and/or along the edges. Almost undetectable crease or bend that does not detract from overall appearance of the picture side. May have writing or postally used on address side, minor soiling or light stains, light cancel marks on view side, overall in very fine condition with emphasis on minor with regard to faults
G - GOOD: Corners may be noticeably blunt or rounded with noticeably slight bends, creases, tears/nicks, visible smudges, or light trimming to the size of the card. May be postally used or have writing on the address side, Generally a card that is in acceptable collectible condition but with visible medium to major flaws
FR - FAIR: Card is intact. Excess soil, stains, creases, writing, or cancellation may affect picture. Could be a scarce card that is difficult to find in any condition. A card or item that can only be considered a space filler or reference copy given presence of major flaws plus major damage such as missing corners, holes, large bends etc