Printed in Austria for distribution in France, this "carte postale" is one in a series personifying the seasons as women with floral bodies. In this one for spring, "printemps" in French, a beautiful blonde in a pink and white outfit is adorned in red lily petals. Marked A. Sockl, Wien I, No. 775, this editor /publishing company set up in Vienna at the turn of the century. Artist Carl Jozsa was one of their clients. This card is not signed, so no name dropping here. Nonetheless, a stunning chromolithographic printing with the gold background.
As you can see from the backside scan, this card was glued into an album. That explains its well preserved condition. Slightest hints of age at the corner tips but overall, in fine antique condition. Despite the glued paper, you can tell it has an undivided back, which dates its printing to 1903 or earlier. SIZE: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
You may have already figured this out and are way ahead of me, but I'm all about displaying postcards so they can be appreciated. If you frame a card with museum quality non-glare glass and put it under gallery-style lights, I think (not sure) the gold backdrop will pop just like it does when you hold the card at an angle (as you can see in the photos taken with natural daylight). If not, someone should invent a wedged frame to do just that!
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