Summarizing, for those who love numbers, of the postcards catalogued
in our research, and the reported in our book at the time of printing,
122 different sets, totaling 787 postcards of various drawings,
can be counted. About 600 of these are signed by Kirchner or can
certainly be attributed to him. But, some sets comprise different
types of printing: for example, for a Kirchner collector an orange
Geisha is different to a green Geisha , even if the basic drawing
is the same. Then, counting the postcards of a same set but of
a different type the total rises to a good 998.
Finally, if we wanted to make a total of the number of postcards
catalogued in all the various other editions, with and without
greeting overprints, the number would increase to several thousands.
This last analysis allows us to point out a fact that certainly
every Kirchner collector must realize, but which only the thorough
research and the result of which is in our catalogue, puts into
full evidence: the incredibly high number of worldwide publishers
that have printed Kirchner's postcards! We list more than seventy
names of either publishers, printers or dealers that appear on
Kirchner's postcards. In actual fact, not all these names represent
real editors, but certainly all the most important publishing companies
of postcards during the Golden Age were proud to include some of
Kirchner's series in their catalogues; for dealers too, it was
good publicity to have their personal name printed on these postcards,
which were already collectors' items at the time of publication.
We would, of course, be grateful to anyone who could point out
any mistakes in our catalogue, and inevitably there will be some,
but who could also and aboveall give indication to any item or
edition which to their knowledge has not been catalogued, and so
give us the possibility to update the checklist, to the benefit
of all Kirchner collectors.