Hold-to-Light Postcards - Page 1

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There are several late-1800 early-1900 opera related postcards that have very special attributes. Their image changes when held up to a bright light. These are called transparency or hold-to-light postcards and there is a difference between the two. The hold-to-light postcards generally contain cut-outs on the top layer of the postcard revealing another colored layer underneath that would be illuminated under light. Cut-out postcards allow for very specific areas to be illuminated. The transparency postcards do not have cut-outs. They have a separate image or plain colored tissue between the front and back layers of the postcard that illuminate under light. Today, because of their rarity, animation, and beauty they command a high price.
Köln. Neues Theater - 1906
Rheingold - 1901
Tannhäuser - 1901
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Paris - 1904
Lohengrin - 1900
Prague - 1899
Fliegende Hollander - c1899
La Scala, Milan - 1902
La Scala, Milan
Munchen - 1898
Siegfried - 1901