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Scholastic Production Co. Belfast

Postby CollectIreland on Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:26 am

I'm looking for information about the Scholastic Production Company of Belfast who produced postcards in the 1930/50s period - possibly earlier and later. The company seems to have been wound up in 1955 and despite extensive trawling of Belfast Arts and Library institutions I’ve turned up precious little. There’s nothing available online save my own postings. What happened to their archives?

I’m chiefly interested in their artist cards including those by Maurice C. Wilks, Pat MacCormack, Terence Henry, Eva Porter, Gladys MacCabe, Olive Whitmore and L.Murdoch. The cards are predominantly Ulster landscape paintings or 'ethnic' type ones.
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Above a card by Olive Whitmore, an American-born equestrian artist and illustrator, with the giveaway crinkled edge typical of most Scholastic cards.

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Re: Scholastic Production Co. Belfast

Postby CollectIreland on Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:29 am

This one is by L.Murdoch (probably a lady who taught art in Belfast) but no definitive information yet.

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Re: Scholastic Production Co. Belfast

Postby CollectIreland on Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:38 am

And my most recent Scholastic purchase, found on a German site last week, is by Gladys MacCabe. She was born in Northern Ireland in 1918 and is a relatively big name in the Irish art world. This is the only postcard that I've come across by her published by Scholastic or anybody else for that matter.

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Re: Scholastic Production Co. Belfast

Postby CollectIreland on Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:10 am

Another recent purchase which I believe to be a Scholastic Productions card but I have nobody to ask. Presumably the SP Co.logo indicates that it is the same concern? Thanks in advance for any information.

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Re: Scholastic Production Co. Belfast

Postby CollectIreland on Tue May 30, 2017 12:50 pm

Still plodding along with my Scholastic postcard collection and due to their scarcity I tend to buy almost everything - especially the art cards. Below is my latest acquisition - purchased from a French seller on Delcampe - €5.65 incl.p+p. Not one of the artist's finest works but worth having anyway. I have so far identified 26 cards by Pat MacCormack and purchased 12 of them. Needless to say I still haven't been able to find out any information about the artist - not even whether they were male or female!
Any information about Scholastic Productions and their artists would be gratefully received.

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More about Scholastic cards and their artists on my site here: https://irishpostcards.wordpress.com
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Re: Scholastic Production Co. Belfast

Postby CollectIreland on Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:51 pm

I'm still pursuing Scholastic Art cards and I picked up this on eBay during the week. Hand-coloured/tinted and not of a type that I'm familiar with from Scholastic, it turned out to have no publisher indicated. Apparently, hand colouring died out in the 1930's and this would fit the date that the original painting would have been done. It (the card) is not a thing of beauty but it's by an Irish artist that I collect and a snip at just over £3.

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Re: Scholastic Production Co. Belfast

Postby CollectIreland on Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:22 pm

I picked up another Scholastic card on eBay this evening - a scarce one by Maurice C Wilks - only the second one I have come across in the last 2/3 years. As luck would have it two other people wanted it too and so it ended up costing me just over £10. One of the artist's better cards!

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"An Antrim Homestead and Islandmagee"
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Re: Scholastic Production Co. Belfast

Postby CollectIreland on Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:46 am

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My latest acquisition, from an Irish eBay seller who never indicates the publisher, and as this particular type of Scholastic (SP Co.) card closely resembles a similar Valentine's series a sharp eye is required. The 'poem' on Valentine's cards usually credits the poet as Eva Brennan whereas on Scholastic cards the word Copyright is all that appears.

This particular card is interesting not only for the extravagant display of crockery on the dresser but also for the poignant message on the back from a soldier in Londonderry to a friend in America. Posted in 1942 and passed by the censor, the soldier says that he's home at the moment but his leave will be up soon and he hopes to see everybody before long....

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