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"Refreshments" by Ida Outhwaite.

“Refreshments” by Ida Outhwaite.

This is one of 6 cards published in Series 71 by A&C Black of London in the early 1930s. The image origionally appeared in a Children’s book entitled “The Enchanted Forest”. Ida Outhwaite, nee Rentoul, was born in Australia and, as a relatively young woman illustrated a number of highly sought after postcards. She married and migrated to England and produced many more illustrations for a number of children’s books and postcards. Her postcards are very popular with collectors of children’s art and of fantisy. As one of the koalas in “Refreshments” is dressed in an Australian Cricket team blazer and is holding a cricket bat, this particular card is also sought by collectors of cricket memorabilia.

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