Cabbage patch babies

Posted on 13th November 2013 by simonbeattie

Just this last week I discovered a publishing phenomenon I hadn’t come across before: strange Edwardian postcards, all of which feature babies.  Babies fished from rivers, babies hatching from eggs, babies growing in cabbage patches, babies playing instruments, babies riding cows, babies as flowers…

It appears the genre began in Germany in the early twentieth century, and soon became popular right across Europe.  Tastes changed, but by the 1920s these cards began to become a source of inspiration to many artists, influencing both Dadaists and Surrealists. Paul Éluard, André Breton, Salvador Dalí, and Man Ray all collected them.

I share a few of these wonderfully weird cards with you here.  For more, please visit the Facebook page I set up.

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4 responses to “Cabbage patch babies”

  1. geri caruso says:

    These are great…. So Victorian…. Like the cards with gardenners holding giant vegetables!

  2. Grant Stone says:

    Familiar with this postcard ‘infantophilia’. Gained the ‘letter filled with babyheads’ variety with a big album of cards I purchased for Murdoch Uni. when I was a Librarian there. I wasn’t aware, however, of the variety of subject matter you offer here – love the ‘brass band’.

    Easy to see where the late Edwardian ‘Fairy Phenomena’ had it’s roots … as for 1970’s ‘Cabbage Patch Dolls’ – there is nothing new under the sun!

  3. Brian says:

    This is terrible! This makes light of human trafficking and black market babies for sale, and ties in with the orphan trains. Then only to add insult to injury they came out with ” Cabbage Patch Dolls ” just when they thought people forgot.

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