This Reutlinger photo postcard of Comedie-Francais actress Cecile Sorel* was mailed in 1906. The photography is typical Reutlinger quality that has been enhanced with color tinting and gold metallic paint detailing. From the feathers in her hat to the fringe dangling on her fur-trimmed cape and the pearl strands wrapped around her neck, this profile photo of Ms. Sorel is stunning. One of the main things that really catches one's eye is the highlights in her hair.
I have included several photos and scans. Looking at the card straight on with the naked eye/normal vision, it appears in almost mint condition. There are a handful of stray white specks: a couple on her hat, a few in the background and one in her hair just above her ear. However, when you hold the card at an angle, you'll see an impression. It is not a crease because it doesn't go all the way to the back. Not a scratch either. So for lack of a better word, I can only describe it as an "impression." As mentioned, looking at the card straight on, you don't see it, but I strive to be very nit-picky in my descriptions. The only surprises I want you to have when you receive your items are good ones.
I like to suggest that when you look at the pictures, push yourself away from the computer about 2-3 feet for a more accurate, realistic look of a postcard. Scans and hi-res photos are like looking at the card under a jeweler's loup.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
*Born Sep. 17, 1873, in Paris; died Sep. 3, 1966, in Deux-Jumeaux, France. She became famous as a stage star, most notably as the lead of Moliere's "Celimene". Her career did include a few roles in film, the last being in "Little Nothings" in 1942. In 1950 Cecile underwent a religious conversion, took monastic vows, and spent much of the remainder of her life in prayer and study. She is buried in the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris. A special thanks to Bob Hufford of Find a Grave for this biographical information.