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French CANCAN Dancer by Artist Naillod Paris Antique Postcard mailed to Knickerbocker, US
This is the type of postcard that you either love or hate. I love it:) The script going in every direction adds to the frenetic scene of the French cancan dancer kicking up her heels. And script there is, all about the coral background, upside down on the white ruffles of the underskirt and even into the light lavender body shapes in the background! The sender compares the cancan dancer to Loi Fuller. Indeed, this card is a bit of historical name-dropping! Note that this card was mailed from Paris on February 14, 1911, to Madame Dammann, in care of the Knickerbocker Trust Company on New York's Fifth Avenue. Do a Google word search for the Knickerbocker Trust and you'll come up with a most interesting history lesson about the Panic of 1907 (and a dire sense of deja vu!)* Madame Dammann was working at a place in the midst of a big transition and soon to be taken over. Oh, the paths that researching postcards can lead one down ...
This is the type of postcard that makes one wish for a patient French friend to decipher and translate all the minute scribbling. The sender does thank her friend for cards she had mailed to her. I believe she's saying the two cards were full of heart and original, not ordinary. She says that she received that day in the mail a sample pattern for a bath (bathing suit??). She says something about "americaines" but I can't figure it out. But surely, 100+ years later, the gossip is just as good:)
Amid all of the French script, there is the artist's signature: Naillod. "Charles Naillod (1876-1956) Like so many of the more commercial artist, his life story is a little vague, even his dates are questioned. Most sources agree that he was born in Paris on the 6th of June 1876 whilst his death is report as 1941 or 1956. He exhibited quite extensively in Paris from c1905 until the mid 1930's including at the Salon des Independents in 1906 and at the Salon des Artistes Francais. His influence was highly regarded such that he was elected the secretary of the Salon in 1920." A special thanks to Stephen Bishop of Meridian Gallery Art and Design for this biographical info.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. There are signs of wear/age on the edges but the heart of the image has no creases. Printer's notation: G.H. Paris Serie 1. I've included several scans and photos trying to capture the right shade of coral in the background. However, I never could seem to get the script in the skirt to accurately show how contrasting it is: a bold,violet-blue ink.
*Due to the unethical financial dealings of the then-president of the Knickerbocker Trust Co., there was a run on the bank .... and this exacerbated an ongoing decline in the stock market that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average lose 48% of its value from January 1906 to November 1907. The banking crisis is also seen as the final straw that led Congress to form the Federal Reserve System in 1913. (Wiki)
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