Mailed in 1905, this antique French Easter postcard was actually printed in 1903 or earlier, per the undivided back. It was mailed to Monsieur Francois Bertrand, an officer with the 25th cavalry, stationed in Angers.
This is a rare postcard design, and I don't use the word casually. I have had a card of this crying cupid in my personal collection for over a decade, but on my postcard, he is placed against a simple black background. This rare design features the cupid inside a 'broken' Easter egg sitting in a huge nest surrounded by tree branches. Light brown color tinting on the nest and green on the background. Gold metallic paint dots accent the cupid's sash a some gold highlights on the bow. The colors are blown away in the photo taken in natural daylight at a window (but details often show up in a photo, which is why I like to include one), so for coloring accuracy, trust the first two pics which are direct digital scans.
The white border shows age and soiling as to be expected. But no creases and very little surface wear. You will notice some small dots and specks inherent to the printing/chemicals. Push yourself away from the computer screen about 2-4 feet and you'll have a better idea of what the postcard will look like in hand, viewed with the naked eye. Century old adorableness!
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
PLEASE NOTE: I package postcards inside a 5x7 greeting card sandwiched between two pieces of thick cardboard. I have never had any items reported damage. However, due to the rarity of this card, I'm requiring insurance, not so much because of a chance of damage, but as a precaution in case it is lost in the mail. For as mentioned, it could take me years to find another card like this one.
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