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Art Nouveau French Postcard of Bejeweled Beauty Gathering Flowers Postmarked 1905
If you look closely at the top left corner of this antique French postcard, you'll see a light glue outline where a fish sticker used to be. A custom that, as far as I know, is uniquely French is the celebration of April 1 as a day of sending anonymous love notes and the fish is used as the messenger. Well, the fish sticker is long gone, but the beauty of the postcard and the coy message remains. "Devinez qui l'envoi?" Guess who sends this? Apparently Mademoiselle Claire has a secret admirer:)
The design on this postcard is gorgeous. This woman believes in dressing up to go flower picking! She is decked in gold from an exotic headband to dangling chains and pearls around her neck and even a gold belt around her waist. A vestal virgin?
The blue-green of the French stamp matches her dress. Note that this card is postmarked 1905, but the undivided back dates the actual printing to 1903 or earlier before the change in French postal laws.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Bottom right corner tip creased. When held at an angle, you can see a scratch across the center of the card (it doesn't show up in the photo; the angle has to be just right), but overall, this card has virtually no surface wear and is in impressive condition for a 110 year old piece of paper.
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