Sunbonnet Babies Seven Days of the Week
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Cleaning Day or Sweeping Day, (Friday)
No. 263 Cleaning Day or Sweeping Day (Friday)
Publ. by J. I. Austen Co., Chicago.
Domestic One Cent /Foreign Two Cents
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 1901-1907
The Sunbonnet Babies were the creation of Betha L. Corbet, an American artist from the early 1900's. She hid the faces of the children behind sunbonnets because she lacked confidence in her ability to draw faces. Her themes for her art were the daily chores that help children develop character traits in the home, washing, ironing, sewing, sweeping, dusting, baking, and —on the seventh day—resting from their labors to go fishing and to church.
Dating postcards from 1893 through the 1900s
- 1893-1898: Pioneer era: Undivided backs
- 1901-1907: “Post Card” imprint and undivided backs for address only with message on front
- Private Mail Card era: The government gave permission to private printers to sell post cards
- 1907-1915: Address and message on back with – generally –no white border
- 1915-1930: White border – Imports from Germany had stopped by this time, and the new U.S. cards had a lesser print quality