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Linen Postcard Comic Sampler

This is a display of comic linen postcards from my collection. I have tried to choose a representative sample of the best designs from various manufacturers/publishers.

Companies represented include Beals, Colourpicture, Curt Teich, Kropp, Metropolitan, MWM, and Tichnor. Asheville Post Card Co. was a distributor of postcards manufactured by several companies. Many unused linen postcards from Asheville have been distributed among collectors—both with and without the Asheville and/or manufacturer name.

Known artists of comic linen postcards include include Jakie Irby, Walt Munson, Larry Smith, and Ray Walters.

One way to collect linen comics is by publisher and/or series. The Curt Teich comics have an advantage for collectors in that most of them are part of a named and numbered set. Another common and fun way to collect is to look for postcards focusing on a single topic from all publishers. Topics such as fishing, animals, black people, fat ladies, girl watching, drinking, beach, motoring, cowboys, Indians, and outhouses are well represented among the general linen comics.

Comic linen postcards can be divided into three categories:

  • General linen comics—These were made from the early 1930s unitl the late 1950s.
  • World War II military comics—These were published during the war years of the early 1940s.
  • Other types of linen comics—There are some specialized sets such as the Reg Manning Travel Cards for the Southwest and the "They'll Do It Every Time" (a King Features newspaper comic) postcards by Hatlo that don't fit into the general or military categories. There are also some localized comics (especially from Florida) and comic postcards issued for World's Fairs.
GENERAL COMICS


Beach and Water Comics, no publisher listed on card.



Pub. by the Asheville Post Card Co.



Beals



Colourpicture



Colourpicture, pub. for Asheville Post Card Co.


cock-eyed
Colourpicture



Curt Teich, Motoring Comics



Curt Teich, Rural Comics



Curt Teich, Shadow Comics



Curt Teich, Check Mark Comics



E.C. Kropp



Metropolitan



MWM



Tichnor Bros.


WORLD WAR II COMICS

army comic
Beals


WAC comic
Beals


Army comic
Series O Army Comics, Colourpicture


army comic postcard
Series P Army Comics, Colourpicture



E.C. Kropp



E.C. Kropp


 


MWM



MWM


army comic
Tichnor Bros.


navy comic
Tichnor Bros.


OTHER TYPES OF LINEN COMICS

Reg Manning Travel Card
Reg Manning Travel Card, Curt Teich



They'll Do It Every Time by Hatlo, Nyce Mfg. Co.



Chicago World's Fair, Curt Teich



New York World's Fair, Tichnor Bros.



Curt Teich, Aero Distributing Co.



Tichnor Bros.


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