Margaret W. Tarrant (1888-1959) was an English illustrator whose career spanned fifty years, and who seemed to be in constant demand. Over the years, she illustrated some very nice editions of what are now classic children’s books: everything from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to All Things Bright and Beautiful. Many of the editions illustrated by her sell for hundreds of dollars today.
The one postcard in my collection featuring her work is her illustration “Fairy Secrets”, published around 2008 by the Medici Society of Great Britain. Contrary to their name, the Medici Society is a for-profit publisher of cards and stationery. Founded in 1908, the company was originally run as a membership organization, with the goal of bringing artwork to the masses at the lowest possible cost.
Apparently they’ve been recycling a lot of their artwork; I was able to find a 1937 version of the “Fairy Secrets” postcard from the same publisher (and which was part of something they called the “Fairy Hours” Series, according to the postcard back). Interestingly, on both cards, I can’t help but notice that the image is not square on the card, but is slightly askew. Perhaps they’re still using the same printing press.
(The 1937 postcard images are courtesy of Antosch & Lin, dealers in vintage postcards and stamps.)