Postcards are often like mini-mystery novels in which you collect clues. In this case, it's not about solving a murder, but trying to pinpoint when a postcard was printed or mailed. This is a highly glossy black and white photo of "At the Moulin Rouge" by Toulouse-Lautrec. The original, very colorful oil painting hangs at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was donated to the museum in 1926 by Helen Birch Bartlett.
The 'in your face' lady at the right edge is English dancer May Milton. Her only claim to fame is via Lautrec and his artwork of her (this painting and an illustrated poster). According to the museum, "At some point, the artist or his dealer cut down the canvas to remove her from the composition, perhaps because her shocking appearance made the work hard to sell. (Her face is blue to simulate the cabaret's theatrical lighting.) In any case, by 1914 the cut section had been reattached to the painting."
The sender wrote on most every bit of white space available verso and even dated the card. But I can't decipher the year. Sunday, Nov. 27 ?? Why would a picture of a Chicago, Illinois, museum painting be printed by Alfred Noyer in Paris? Was this postcard a Paris souvenir or a Chicago souvenir? Noyer's studio operated into the 1940s. With these clues, can you figure out when this postcard was likely printed and/or mailed?
Size: 5.5 by 3.5 inches. Bottom right corner creased. Edges show wear and the white border shows markings from being rubbed against another card.
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