This vintage postcard is artist-signed at the bottom right by E. Colombo. Just barely. Yes, for some unexplainable reason, this card has been cut around three edges [ I have priced it accordingly], but fortunately the artist's signature was spared.
However, even if there were no signature, the style itself identifies this card as a Colombo. A little girl with a comb in her hair looks out of a window, staring down at two children dressed in costumes. Perhaps it is Carnival time in Venice? One is dressed in a ribbed-neck white Pierrot costume and the other in the colorful dress of a jester. A full moon peaks out from between the buildings.
What is even sadder than the cut edges is the fact that there is no biographical information about Colombo that I can find online and yet his body of work is substantial and his style easily recognizable. In fact, in my French postcard "bible" Neudin's Les Meilleures Cartes Postales d'Illustrateurs," Colombo is listed as an Italian artist "who is one of the most significant examples of popular cartophile Viennese art at the turn of the century. We recognize of him more than a hundred types of postcards of which remain around 150,000 copies."
The date on this vintage postcard is not clear but it looks to be 1920-something. Sent in December, the sender is writing to "mon cher petit Tote" and telling a story of asking Santa the other day if petite Tote was nice and was told that Tote had been wicked! "Et t'il vrai??" And is it true??
Other than the cut edges, this card is in fine condition. There is a small speck of missing paper above the dark green shutter, but virtually no surface wear on the card. It looks to have characteristics of a linen card. The size is about 3-1/8 by 5-1/8.