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Woman in Beret Holding Monkey 1918 Artist-Signed Nanni Postcard
This postcard by Italian illustrator Giovanni Nanni (1888-1969) looks rather French to me. The woman is wearing a beret and a thick striped scarf bundled around her neck. Also wrapped around her is a monkey!
This postcard was written in April 1918 and the text is almost as entertaining as the illustration is charming. I didn't have time to attempt to translate all of it but it begins, "What do you want to be told!!! That is the "chicken" !! For my own person I can tell you that the discussion ... " And the writer continues with more exclamation points and something about being on the train, etc. Nothing like a little drama circa 1918. In her enthusiasm, Jeanne continued to write on the front on the front.
Except for aforementioned scribbles, this card is in overall fine antique condition. There are hints of soiling on the edges of the light cream background but certainly less than to be expected for its age.
Nanni began designing postcards when he began his career as a painter and illustrator during the First World War. While he produced many advertising cards, he is best known for his glamorous fashion cards. They often depict highly stylized women in big hats and long scarves where the decorative patterns of the fabric become more important than the portraiture. He continued to produce postcards in this modern style into the 1930s. (Information from my favorite postcard web site, the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City. Link to their site is posted among my Favorite Links on my home page.)
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