Mainzer Dressed Cats Postcards
Mainzer Dressed Cats postcards are a series of postcards that were printed and published by Alfred Mainzer Inc.
History & Description
Also known as Humorous Dress Cats, these postcards were originally published from the 1940s through to the 1960s by the American-based greeting cards company Alfred Mainzer Inc. The cards were printed in Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Belgium and Switzerland and the early versions had decked edges, a rough finish and bright colours.
The cards were designed by artist Eugen Harung and feature anthropomorphic cats in everyday human situations, such as at the park, at railways stations and on buses, at parties and at the theatre.
The company also published a smaller series of Dressed Hedgehogs, Dressed Mice and Dressed Dogs.
Guide for collectors
The majority of Dressed Cats postcards are numbered with four digit numbers, which makes them quite easy for collectors to categorize. In addition, Harung’s signature logo – a heart with a tongue in the centre – appears in one of the bottom corners on the front of the postcard. There are some exceptions but this is probably a result of the original image being enlarged or reformatted for the postcard printing process.
Group lots of Mainzer Dressed Cats are regularly sold through national auction houses. However, collectors are more likely to purchase individual postcards from eBay. For example, on May 29th 2012, a single Studio Artist Paints Family Portrait postcard was sold on eBay for $4.99. Most postcards are sold unused and in good condition.
Notable auction sales
On May 24th 2007 at Lyn Knights Auctions in Lenexa, Kansas, approximately 100 postcards from several countries realised a price of $275.
On September 24th 2006 at Rachel Davis Fine Arts in Cleveland, Ohio, 35 postcards unused and in very good condition realised a price of $100.
On February 4th 2012 at Copake Auction in Copake, New York, an album of 60 postcards realised a price of $90.
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