Series M-6 Flowers by E. Nash

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E.Nash "Series M-6 Flowers"

Embossed, gilded, varnished, and enlivened with exquisite sho-card lettering and calligraphy, the most esteemed floriography postcards of all are those that comprise the E. Nash "Series M-6 Flowers" set, published circa 1910. The "M" in a Nash series stands for "Motto," indicating that a bit of verse or a line of prose was included on the card, somewhat akin to the 21st century memes found on social media.

From the perspective of floriography, these cards are a bit scant on meaning or divinatory implications, as the symbolism of each flower is limited to a single word -- but they more than make up for that lack in terms of their sheer beauty.

I wish i could tell you the name of the gifted artist-letterer who painted these images, and also who crafted the fine lithographs for reproduction, but, alas, like many commercial artists then and now, such art-workers were usually not allowed to sign or initial their fabulous creations.


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Aster

"How often have I paused,
A joyous traveler,
in sooth, to cull
A garland of thy flowers,
When with faint sweets,
the sun has filled
them full."

  • Meaning: Variety


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Bleeding Heart

"Flowers to the Fair!
To you these flowers I bring!
And strive to greet you
With an earlier spring;
Flowers sweet and gay,
And delicate like you,
Emblems of innocence
And beauty too."

  • Meaning: [no meaning given]


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Cornflower

"Here is a flower
whose modest eye
Is turned with looks
of light and love,
Who breathes her softest,
sweetest sigh,
Whene'er the sun
is bright above."

  • Meaning: Constancy


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Cyclamen

"Flowers are lovely
Love is flower-like
Friendship is
A sheltering tree."

  • Meaning: Diffidence


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Daffodils

"That come before
The swallow dares,
And take
The winds of March
With Beauty."

  • Meaning: Regard


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Fuchsia

"In Eastern lands
they talk of flowers
And they tell in a garland
their loves and cares,
Each blossom that blooms
in their garden bowers,
On its leaves
A mystic language bears."

  • Meaning: Taste


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Iris

"Every varying hue
Of every beautiful thing
on earth — the teints
Of heaven's own Iris —
are all in the west
On this delicious eve."

  • Meaning: Message


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Lily

"Ye loftier lilies
Bathed in mornings dew
Of purity
And innocence
Each lovely thought."

  • Meaning: Purity


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Moss Rose

"The rose that hails the morning
Arrayed in all its sweets.
Its mossy couch adorning
The sun enamored meets."

  • Meaning: Confession of Love


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Moss Rose

"'Twas a lovely thought
To mark the hours
As they floated
In light away,
By the opening
and folding flowers
That laugh
to the summer's day."

  • Meaning: Patriotism


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Orchids

"Who gave to thee
that name
So full of homely
and most pleasant thought?
It's charm might win renown
For many a thing with
Far less beauty fraught."

  • Meaning: [no meaning given]


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Pink

"Each pink sends forth
Its choicest sweet,
Aurora's warm embrace
To meet."

  • Meaning: Pure and Absent Love


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Poinsettia

'"Flowers are the brightest things which earth
from her broad bosom loves
to cherish;
Gay they appear
as childhood's mirth —
like fading dreams of hope
they perish."

  • Meaning: [no meaning given]


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Poppy

"What brings the bright
and shining leaf
The scarlet poppy wears?
A consolation for our grief,
A solace for our cares."

  • Meaning: Consolation


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Primrose

"But thou art beautiful,
And our sole native
Of thy graceful band
Which we so prize and seek
In varied form and hue,
Through many a land."

  • Meaning: Unpatronized Merit


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Violet

"The blossom that blooms
in every land,
Where laughs a summer sky
blue and bland!
As if to tell of that blessed
Whose softest hue to its
heart is given!"

  • Meaning: Faithfulness


E. Nash Motto Series M-6 Postcards, Water Lily

"Oh! thou magic world of flowers,
Fairy ministers of grace;
Soothing all our weary hours,
Decking every lovely place."

  • Meaning: Eloquence

There are 17 cards on this page, but printing presses are generally set up to run postcards in multiples of 6 ... so, please, wish me luck as i try to find the 18th card and complete my collection of this somewhat elusive set of floriographic wonder-cards.

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catherine yronwode
curator, historian, and docent
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