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Hand-painted French Montage Postcard Pair of Girls with Pears
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This French postcard is titled "P'tites gourmandes." In English, a gourmand can refer to a connoisseur of good food, but in the original French, it means greedy, as in a person who often enjoys eating too much. These two greedy gobblers are cute ones and they were regular models during the Golden Age of Postcards. This is a fun and rare design, a great example of French montage, combining a real photo with fake backgrounds and lots of hand-detailing. I love the rich, warm orange and yellow in the giant pears. Add a matching mat in one of those colors and frame these cuties for a piece of unique kitchen art!
This card was mailed from Belgium. The franking verso is not complete but I feel confident in dating it to pre-WWI. There are foxing-like stains (chemical reactions?) that have left spots here and there, most noticeably on the bigger girl's face. However, in my opinion, it only adds to the antiquity of the card and is not a serious blemish that detracts. Light silvering at the top above the pears. Album impressions. Virtually no surface wear! Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.