Flying Rabbit Memories
by Sandy Waters
established Flying Rabbit Postcards
in 1992 to offer something unique to the hobby of postcard collecting. The hand-coloring
I did on each individual postcard added a new dimension to the common understanding
of hand-coloring done in the early 1900s.
I wanted the effect of coloration to be similar to the soft tones of M. M. Vienne.
But it was not possible, and as time progressed Flying Rabbit took on its own
color tones and unique style.
interesting outcome of having professionals do the art work for Flying Rabbit
Postcards was receiving from them the originals, which in essence were line drawings
that I would hand-color. This often resulted in full-sheet pieces that many collectors
like for the art alone, foregoing the concept of collecting postcards.
than discuss each individual card, I would rather write about the sets. When I
am asked, "What is your favorite set," I really can't answer. But first,
let me mention the Flying Rabbit logo and thank Samantha
Carol Smith, the artist who created it.
painted Flying Rabbit's logo and each card
was dated and signed by the artist."
- Sandy Waters
magnificent Joyeuses P‚ques (Haply Easter) greeting that you see at the
top of this page was the inspiration for naming my postcard creations, Flying
card was mailed in June 1903 and it carries generous helpings of the sender's
joy in fantasy, love, and good cheer.
wanted my Flying Rabbit cards to have the same qualities. Happiness is a rare
commodity, but sharing your joy, at any time of year, goes a really long way in
making the world a much better place - especially when you mail a postcard to
the journey of discovery found on the pages to follow.
First Edition consisted of seven individual cards by Samantha
Carol Smith that celebrated the five major holidays
of 1992 and 1993: Christmas, New Year's, Easter, July 4th, and Thanksgiving, plus
a special 500th anniversary card showing Christopher
Columbus Bear, and since I tried to do subjects that postcard collectors like,
Felicity, the Good Luck Pig was included. I love good luck symbols, therefore
Felicity's outfit is covered with mushrooms, ladybugs, wishbones, money and four
the years, I colored the First Edition Santa differently, offering a "by
special invitation only collector's special"
to only sixty of my mail order customers. In all there
were four colors, but there was always interest in my variations. The final color
change was made in
2005, just before retiring. I colored thirty five of the first edition Santa in
Blue. Samantha Smith signed every one.
see the First Edition cards click here.
Streett created our first installment set: the Samurai Pumpkins, a three-part
Halloween card. Also part of the Second Edition were two single cards, one of
a vampire and another of a witch on a motorcycle with President Bill Clinton hitchhiking
went to the Morlatton Postcard Show when these were ready to be released and offered
them for a very modest charge. It seemed like every dealer bought them, and I
kept stuffing dollar bills into my purse! It was very exciting! The coloring was
not complicated like later editions, but orange is a hard color to paint and whenever
I colored pumpkins I needed repeated applications of orange for intensity.
Second Edition cards click here
1993 I created my own Victorian Christmas Tree. This three part installment set
shows a Victorian tree laden with intricate ornaments. I dusted these cards with
crystal sparkles that gave each one an illusion of freshly fallen snow. This edition
was limited to 300.
love for all living creatures led to the creation of this three part installment
set by Charles Hazard entitled Preserve the Beauty.
Fifth Edition came together in the usual way, but for the first time multiple
artists participated; Ferebe Streett, Jeff Mezick and Charles Hazard. The pumpkin
in Charles's two-part Halloween
set needed at least three to four coats of orange paint. When you
are doing 300 sets, that is a lot of time. Charles, himself, colored the owl for
me to copy. Jeff's
Uncle Sam was an instant hit as was Ferebe's Krampus/Christmas Tree.
winter can be so harsh and bitter cold, having a sense of humor can help us through
the long gray days. With this in mind, the artist, Ferebe
Streett, designed a three- part installment commemorating
I had fun coloring the sky and adding green sparkling paint to highlight new grass
peeking out of the ground. Sorry to say, this wasn't as popular as some others,
so there will be fewer in circulation.
1995 I wanted to do a Special Anniversary Set, so Charles Hazard created
a four part set that was inspired by two things; an antique blotter of geese pulling
a sled on a mattress and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
In Merry Christmas Santa sits in a goose sled that is being pulled by six
Canada geese. Those geese were difficult to color because
of the wing tones.
Seventh Edition starts with a single card entitled: Our Guardian Angel by
Samantha Carol Smith. It is colored in soft pastels of a sunset. The tops of her
wings are gold and the muted colors of her garments are gently brushed on the
top of her wings.
Leavitt, my neighbor, was a pioneer in the field of computer art. It just seemed
natural that we do something very different. I love legends of the moon and have
researched them. She picked the ones she wanted to illustrate and her husband,
a poet, wrote a summary for the bottom of each of the four individual cards. I
am especially pleased with the one, Frog on the Moon's Face. The coloring
of the crescent moon is iridescent silver with pink cheeks and lips! I love this
Streett returned to Flying Rabbit Postcards in 1996 and created a three part installment
set entitled Halloween Cats. "Swing your Partners, Studs and Queen,
Have a Happy Halloween!"
second part of the Eighth Edition was a special piece preparing for the year 2000.
I have a large collection of Year Dates, so it was logical that for the new millennium
I had to do postcards. I felt very apprehensive as to what we would face in the
new century, hence the little pigs and the wolf. Charles Hazard told me
to color the snow with blue tones, and I added a lot of the iridescent touches.
special four part collection contains sixteen cards; four individual cards with
a golf theme and twelve more in three installments sets of four cards each.
of golf's popularity, Jody King designed four cards with an Aesop Fable theme.
There was much less shading in this set, so the coloring was more difficult to
get the effect I wanted. Jody suggested colors for each card using colored pencils.
Collection - Part I - Golf
Collection - Part II - Greetings from Father Christmas.]
Collection - Part II - Greetings from Father Christmas
Collection - Part III - The Birthday Party.]
Collection - Part III - The Birthday Party
The Secrets of Halloween is dominated by a large raven, perched
on a tombstone, silhouetted against an expressive full
moon. That raven has several layers of iridescent paint - green, blue, purple
and gold. It really gives the effect of the shine on a raven's wings. If you look
closely, there is a witch flying on her broomstick. To get the look I wanted to
achieve in the sky, I used washes of magenta, purple, and turquoise. There are
lots of special details colored intricately so look carefully!
Collection - Part IV - The Secrets of Halloween
Hazard had such a vivid imagination that when I told him of my thoughts of combining
my love of carousels with my delight in fairy tales, he immediately came up with
the idea. This four-card installment was probably my favorite set to color, along
with his Dog Bakers. I once had a contest with my mail order customers,
The Fairy Tale Carousel won first prize!
Hazard's Dog Bakers is pure fun! My Shetland sheepdog, Lucie, is the first
dog on the left. The next dog is Hazard's beagle and for fun we added a bulldog
and a west highland terrier. Resting on a dachshund is my own dog biscuit recipe
that I used to bake for my dogs! There are festive Christmas decorations. I love
this four part set.
Cat's Meow, a Valentine card by Jody King, was
colored in two versions - one in blue for a woman to give a man and one in pink
for a man to give a woman! Look at that cloth rug; that was tricky work!
and Friends (AKA All Hallow's Eve) by Brenda Hazard, sold out almost
immediately. The iridescent ghosts are irresistible and the three separate pumpkins
are really orange.
daughter Brenda created a most unique set of snowmen paper dolls for the new millennium.
Sitting next to the first snowman is my sheltie pup. This is a 4" x 6"
set. I love the effect of the sunset. Each snow-person has its attire for the
big New Year's party. The blue sky has such consistent color. Just like in the
vintage years, the old year of 1999 is being cast away on the baby snowman's scarf.
in the Joys of Spring by Jody King
2000, Brenda Hazard did the wonderful four part installment entitled Vegetable
People Trick or Treat. There are lots of little silver spirits in the evening
sky. I love the decorative wings on the fairy carrots - they almost glow. The
order is "green pepper, carrot, corn and tomato.
Halloween Magic-Maker of the purple witch with
red flowing hair holding her crystal ball has been a favorite of many collectors.
This is Jody King's work and was featured on the cover of Postcard Collector magazine
Uncle Sam Santa by Jody King in the seventeenth edition is reminiscent
of the work she did in 1996 when she included greetings from Father Christmas
in the Heirloom Collection. This is another favorite.
Davis made her Flying Rabbit debut in the eighteenth edition with a three-card
installment entitled Tea Party for Janet. The set was designed to honor
Janet Baer who collects tea party cards. I love teddy bears and the artist loves
fairies - perfect together!
mid-2001 and through 2002, the work at Flying Rabbit Postcards centered on a collection
we called the Jubilee. In total fifteen cards were created by three different
artists; Jody King did the art for Part I, Dolores Davis did Parts II and III,
and Paula McBeth created Parts IV and Part V.
I is The Halloween Harvest; the Corn Goddess.
II is a three card set featuring Santa Claus, St.
St. Nick. In card one, Santa is holding my dog Nora,
who looked like a Corgi but wasn't.
In the next, Nora
sits next to St. Nicholas; and in the last we see
St. Nick in
his workshop where Nora is asleep under the table and there are lots of elves
and a great Noah's Ark.
III was a pleasure for me because my
two granddaughters are depicted as the dish and spoon waltz around in the Hey
Diddle Diddle rhyme.
IV is the Green Man's Halloween.
V is Santa's Surprise.
there is much interest in mermaids, Paula McBeth created a mermaid postcard with
a young Marilyn Monroe face. Those reeds were difficult to color due to all the
different tones of tans and browns. Look at the intensity of blue water colored
around lots of details. Wow, that took lots of time. All those scales in her tail
took lots of different colors with a wash of iridescent paint - one of the most
time consuming card ever.
the twentieth edition we called upon Gretchen Krans to do a three part installment
entitled Father Frost.
last set was done by Paula McBeth. It was The Halloween Wedding of the Owl
and Pussy Cat and was suggested by Pamela Apkarian Russell. This set will
be the most difficult to find due to the limited quantity colored. My hands wouldn't
work anymore; they got stiff from holding paint brushes. A real beauty to bid
farewell to Flying Rabbit Postcard.
these postcards as they were a real labor of love for the postcard collector of
today and tomorrow.
Sandy Waters, proprietor