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1908 French German Postcard of A.J. Elsley's Girl with Kittens
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London-born Arthur John Elsley (1860 – 1952) was a painter of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, famous for scenes of playful children and their pets. He achieved great popularity during his life and much of his work appeared in calendars, magazines and books. Thanks to Wikipedia for a brief but informative biography of Elsley. I recommend reading it because you'll appreciate this artist all the more when you realize he created his wonderful works despite poor eyesight caused by measles as a child.
This little girl is featured in many of Elsley's paintings: she was his only daughter, Marjorie. It is interesting to note that she was born in 1903; this postcard is franked 1908. I initially thought her older than 5 in this postcard but perhaps it's the grown-up clothes she's wearing, all dolled up in the long dress and the big hat.
This work bears two titles: one in French "Ses Petits Chères," her little dears; and in German "Spielkameraden," which means playmates. In any language, this is adorable!
Verso, a bold, clear franking dating this postcard to 1908. Lucienne sent this card to her uncle to send hugs from the family in case he had to leave the following day.
Some foxing visible in the off-white border and corner wear, but nothing significant enough to distract from Marjorie and her playmates.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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