The single Bamforth monochrome Hymn and Song cards numbered in the 100's
and indeed in some instances shared the same titles as the monochrome
2-4 card series, examples are "Lead Kindly Light","Excelsior"
and "Navaho". Early cards had no set numbers, but as with the
2-4 card series numbering of cards was later introduced - no doubt making
the postcards much more fun to collect.
Three examples of 1902 - 1910 religious Hymn based cards - titles left
to right are "Lead Kindly Light", "The Song Of Angels"and "The Glory
Song"....These are monochrome photographs of actors and actresses
pictured in a studio with appropriate backdrops (However, the image of
Jesus on the card titled "The Song Of Angels" is a drawing).
The above Postcard dated July 18th 1910 and posted in Canada (Published
by Bamforth's New York (N.Y. City) Office) shows that all possible
writing space was often used and this is in fact the reverse side of the
the centre card titled "The Song Of Angels".
Below are three examples of Bamforth single series monochrome song cards
The verse of the centre postcard titled Liza Johnson is amusing
and reads as follows...
Oh, Liza, you are my donah, you are my little peach,