This is a rare real photo postcard of Marthe de Villers, Belle Epoque celebrity. It has been colorized by hand with a light pink and lavender wash and also hand detailed with metallic gold accents. What role Mlle. de Villers was playing at the Porte St. Martin theater I can't say, but this is a historical gem. The theater dates back to 1781. Destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1873, it has been in operation almost continuously since then. This postcard is unused but most images of Mlle. de Villers date to the early part of 1900, 1905-1908. This shot of her in this particular outfit/pose with the feathered hat is a hard-to-come-by image. Indeed, it will be a feather in your cap to add this one to your collection:)
This card has album impressions at the corners and shows light wear on the edges. Some silvering also testifies its antique status. A few errant specks and spots inherent to the printing and age of the card. This is the kind of card I recommend that you look at pushed away a couple of feet from your computer screen to get a more realistic view of how the card will look to your naked eye held in your hand.
Labeled No. 93 but no printer/publisher attributed. However, a fellow Ruby Lane postcard lover suggested it could be from a series by Paris photographer Charles Ogereau.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
Here is another postcard featuring another Belle Epoque beauty who is possibly Marthe's sister, Carmen de Villers: http://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-7430/French-Beauty-Queen-Stage-Star-Carmen
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