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Collection of 185 Printed "Gelatine Hauchbilder", or Gelatin Labels and Die-Cuts
Germany. N.d., circa 1900. Virtually all of the "Gelatine Hauchbilder" are housed in clear sleeves mounted onto 94 loose black card backing. And behind the Hauchbilder are white slips of paper which heighten the detail and color of the otherwise translucent Hauchbilder. These Hauchbilder, or Hauchbillet, were produced in the German-speaking world as a collectible in the late nineteenth century and a bit beyond. With these, the paper or printed surface is of gelatin, as opposed to what is known as gelatin printing, in which the plate used to make the print is of gelatin. The technology to produce these Hauchbilder was developed in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and here we see it being used to print in a different form the kind of devotional, moralistic or entertaining card that had been done before in more conventional paper and card. In this collection we see a representative cross-section of the various types of such Hauchbillets so made, including riddle cards, aphoristic cards, renderings of animals, people or objects (a tower, a piano, crucifixes). They can also vary in size, from 2 or 3 cm across to in this collection, 8 or 9 cm in width, say.The most common type were ones with simple axioms or nothing more than "Lob ." meaning Praise, to various virtues. Among the most popular virtues were those related to Diligence, or in German, "Fleiss", and thus these Hauchbillets are also commonly referred to as "Fleisskaertchen". Closely related to these, and obviously overlapping, are those with religious content, both explicit and implied. This could take the form … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB [West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.]
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