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Did you hear about the Admiral in the British Navy who was called Bubbles?
Yes, that's him in this painting, when he was 5 years old, immortalized in his grandfather's art. Sir John Millais made history when he sold his painting to the A&F Pears soap company and allowed his art work to be used in advertising. A bar of Pears soap was added and the entire meaning of the painting was changed. The serious symbols depicting the frailty of life (broken pottery, dried flowers) in "A Child's World" were pushed into the background and "Bubbles" was born, to forever become an iconic image of childhood innocence and fun, playing with Pears soap. Even as a grown man serving in the British Navy, William Milbourne James couldn't get away from his reputation as Bubbles!
Verso, the sender didn't note the date (early 1900s) but wrote that Bubbles looks very much like Ralph when he was a boy, just a picture with golden curls.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. For its age, this card is in almost mint condition. Slightest signs of age on the edges, but overall, simply precious! Please note: in the photos, all those glaring white dots are barely visible! Scans are extremely brutal. You're looking at a high resolution image upclose, as if viewing the postcard through a jeweler's loupe. In hand, looking at this card with the naked eye, I can see a white dot at the edge of one leg, two lighter ones on the log/at the edge of his green coat. If you're not totally pleased with the quality of this postcard when you receive it, just return it and I'll refund your money minus the postage. That's how confident I am that you'll fall in love with "Bubbles."
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Bubbles Boy in Green Pear Antique Advertising English Postcard
$15 USD SOLD
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