This card is "incroyable!" (Incredible:) Lots of cards were covered with glitter, sequins and glass beads during the Golden Age of Postcards. However, the passing century has not been kind to most of these cards. The main problem is that beads come loose and then severely scratch the portrait, making it quite unsightly.
This double dose of the Belle Otero is not perfect, but it is in exceptional condition. I have included as many photos as possible and in the closeups you'll see little indents in the background from loose beads. However, her face has miraculously not been scathed. La Belle Otero's cheeks are still blushing and she looks radiant and dazzling!
The beads on her dress have been glued on meticulously with care. Whoever did it went to a lot of trouble using the two different colored beads. They weren't just slapped on like it was a Friday:) There is also glitter around her hat. The bottom right corner is creased and there is a crease that goes up toward the center of the left dress hem. None of this distracts from the overall beauty and uniqueness of the card.
The postal franking on the back is not readable but I would date this card to between 1904-1917.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
To help preserve the beauty of this card, I will mail it in a priority box in bubble wrap. It made its to me all the way across the Atlantic mailed flat in a plastic sleeve, but that sleeve is now thoroughly scratched and there are little loose beads at the bottom of it! So I'm not putting it back in that plastic sleeve or even in a new plastic sleeve. I'll include both for you, but in my opinion, this type of card really needs to be displayed in a shadowbox.
(NOTE: I have a similar style card of Mlle. Chavita also available.)
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