In Flaubert's "Madame Bovary," there is a humorous scene of a Swiss guard relentlessly pursuing the cathedral visitors to give them a tour. I am acquainted with the Swiss guards at the Vatican, but in Rouen? I can't explain it but fortunately one doesn't have to know the French history to appreciate these three gentlemen gussied up in gold and red. The hand detailing is remarkable! It gives a whole new dimension to this black and white photo. The notation "bromotypie C. V" refers to the printing process and type of paper used, producing a brighter, sharper image. This card is unused. With the divided back, it would be circa 1904-1918. Size: about 5.5 by 3.5 inches. No creases but worn corner tips. Overall, I'd classify this card as in near mint condition. Imagine this card matted in black with an inside red bevel. Wouldn't it make a unique gift to decorate a man's office?
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