Question: Enclosed is a postcard dated August 9, 1915, sent to my great-grandmother by my great-grandfather soon after their engagement. The picture, titled "The Wedding," is signed "G.G. Drayton." "Reinthal & Newman, Pubs. N.Y." appears at the card's bottom. I would like information about the artist, publisher and possible value of the postcard. - E.M., Rio Grande
Answer: G.G. Drayton is the signature of illustrator Grace Drayton (1877-1936) one of the first female cartoonists and creator of Dolly Dimples comics, Dolly Dingle paper dolls and the Campbell Soup Kids. Viola Grace Gebbie was born and raised in Philadel-phia. In 1911, she divorced her first husband and began using the surname of her second husband, W. Drayton.
Initially a portraitist of beautiful Edwardian women, Drayton quickly realized the charming, chubby-cheeked children she enjoyed sketching were leading her to fame and fortune. From 1904 until her death, Drayton's jolly, round-faced boys and girls were featured in ads, magazines, children's books, cut-outs and comics, as well as on holiday themed and drop-a-line postcards. Throughout the years, their wide eyes, rosy cheeks and bobbed hair have appeared on thousands of collectible items including dolls, banks, doorstops, tableware, games, lunchboxes, clothing, jewelry and even cigarette lighters.
Published by the New York firm of Reinthal & Newman from 1914 to 1918, your lithographed "The Wedding" postcard is part of Drayton's popular "The Stages of a Woman's Life" series that begins with "Love at First Sight," includes "Engagement," "Trousseau," "Honeymoon" and ends with "Their New Love," depicting the happy couple cuddling their firstborn.
Because original art created to decorate postcards frequently was not signed, examples such as yours are prized by collectors who presently pay $15 to $20 for a signed Drayton series piece without creases, corner chips, tears, foxing or fading.
Question: Five years ago my late mother bought a miniature Longaberger basket at a charity auction. Paperwork signed by Longaberger Chair and CEO, Tami Longaberger, states it is one of 35 small replicas of the Dave Longaberger Founders Basket. Please tell me about the item and its value. - B.H., Haddonfield
Answer: Based in Newark, Ohio, the family-owned Long-aberger Co. was founded in 1973 by Dave Longaberger (1935-1999). A third-generation basket weaver, Longa-berger successfully blended old-fashioned design, hardwood maple and quality handcrafting into baskets sold by home-based Longaberger representatives at gatherings similar to Tupperware parties.
Each signed and dated by a maker, Longaberger baskets have been contemporary collectibles since the company's inception. After Dave's death, Tami had 35 baskets such as yours made. A number were given to certain employees and others were sold at a Longaberger store opening. Since then, some of the pieces have been sold by their original owners to collectors. Recent sale prices range from $500 to $2,000.
Alyce Hand Benham is an antiques broker, appraiser and estate-liquidation specialist. Send questions to: Alyce Benham, Life section, The Press of Atlantic City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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