This St. Patrick's Day card was mailed on March16, 1910. You can see how heavily embossed it is by looking at the pattern on the back. There is no indication of where the printing was done, but many of these multi-color postcards were printed in Germany.
The young lady in the picture has a classic Gibson Girl figure: "tall, slender yet with ample bosom, hips and bottom in the S-curve torso shape achieved by wearing a swan-bill corset."
The straight-front corset, also known as the swan-bill corset, the S-bend corset or the health corset, was worn from circa 1900 to the early 1910s . Its name is derived from the very rigid, straight busk inserted in the center front of the corset. This corset forced the torso forward and made the hips protrude.
The "style" or stile the girl is stepping through is "a pair of steps or ladders that is accessible to pedestrians but generally inaccessible to animals. Stiles are often found in rural areas or along footpaths and allow access to a field or other area enclosed by a fence or wall."
The pipes on the upper right corner are Meerschaums, but I don't know what the green knit bag with the shamrock pattern is. Can anyone help? And how about the landscape in the back? Do you think the artist was trying to evoke the cliffs of Moher?
Anyone may feel free to use cards from my collection as long as they remember to credit me (Gail Hapke) and Scribal Terror as the source.