This postcard features an idyllic scene from "The Good Old Days" series by Carl Fischer-Koystrand of what can one assume is a loving daughter visiting her aging father accompanied by her suitor or husband, a military man. Fischer-Koystrand (1861-1918) was a leading Art-Nouveau painter and illustrator in Vienna at the turn of the century. His works were exhibited in 1912 at the largest exhibition house of that time in Austria, the "Wiener Kuenstlerhaus". (Thanks to Boris Wilnitsky Fine Arts for this information.) This postcard was mailed in 1915, three years before his death. The card has an abundance of international connections: written in French and mailed from Geneva, Switzerland, to a woman in England. The artist was Austrian and it was printed in Vienna by W.R.B. & Co. The fine print at bottom is German: Aus der guten, alten Zeit (From the good old days) Size: 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Extra sturdy cardstock. I love the special frame design. The card shows wear on the corner tips. There are some small black specks in the background by the military man's head and near the woman's hat. These appear to be inherent to the printing. Dark spots at far left are ink smudges I think. None of these nit-picky blemishes are enough to take away from the charming scenario so colorfully painted by Fischer-Koystrand.
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