Leon Charles Huber, known as Leo, was born in Montmarte in 1858. He was a painter and a philanthropist, often helping and teaching other young artists. Beginning in 1887, he was a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon and his specialty was cats! In 1908 a caricature was published of Huber as half cat, painting a cat portrait with his own long cat tail. Numerous works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Kittens at play' which sold through Christie's in 2008 for $8,125. I found this particular postcard to be very poignant and special. Very French with the snail! And this card was mailed the year Monsieur Huber died: 1928.
This card was mailed to Marie in Fontainebleau, wishing her happiness on her Saint's namesake day. It's signed by 5 people, maybe 6 is the bottom squiggle is a signature:) The intro is darling: "Happy feast my old doll." .... "your cousins ask me to send their wishes and strong embraces."
Size: about 5.5 by 3.5 inches. Signs of age on the edges and in the upper left hand corner there are a couple of light creases. Not visible looking at the card straight on, but when held at an angle. Note, also, as the angled photo shows the nice texture of the card. So while no printer info is given, one sees that the publisher aimed for quality.
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