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Manuel of Paris Real Photo postcard of Edwardian Girl in Huge Hat
Lucie sent this postcard to her friend Francine sometime around the turn of the century, likely before World War I. From the photography studio of Henri Manuel of Paris,* it is a portrait of an Edwardian girl wearing a huge hat decorated with lace, ruffles and roses. Her dress also has a lace collar. Colorized by hand, the girl has brown hair, a green dress, ribbons in light blue and pale pink roses adorning the hat. The lace in the hat is an ecru cream color while the lace on her collar is a bright white. This is a glossy finish card with minor surface wear visible when held at an angle. There is a light superficial crease (it does not show through on the back) around the bottom of the far left ribbon strand. Looking at the card straight on, it looks to be in near mint condition. Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
*From the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York: Henri Manuel 1900-1944 Paris, France Photographers Henri Manuel and his brother Gaston set up a portrait studio in 1900, quickly expanding to become the largest photo studio in Paris. Not only were they a pioneer in fashion photography, by 1910 they had organized a division for supplying images to news agencies. After 1914 they also served as official photographers for the French government. This connection proved very useful during World War One when news from the front was highly censored. This allowed their photographers to exclusively supply images for postcard production. They also supplied a wide variety of photos of celebrities, prisons, and the risque, to postcard publishers. Nearly all of their million plus negatives were destroyed during World War Two and they never reopened. Henri Manuel died a few years later in 1947.