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This French Christmas postcard is written on but not dated; however, I feel confident in saying it is pre-WWI. It is a real photo that has been color tinted by hand: dabs of pink, blue and green highlight the toys in the huge basket that Santa holds.
I have seen Santa postcards with the studio model wearing a bald cap or fake beard. I think this guy is the real Santa! Wavy gray beard, mostly bald, wrinkles, and has a big nose -- he is a perfect stand-in for Pere Noel, as the French call him.
I like the backside of this antique French Joyeux Noel postcard almost as much as the front. Look at the child's cursive handwriting: "happy noel and good kisses to my dearest mother from your little francois. a kiss to my grandma and to quiquet (sic??)"
This card shows its age a bit: creases corners as well as a crease by Santa's elbow. But remarkably, the matte finish card shows little surface wear.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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Bald Headed Santa with Basket of Toys Antique French Christmas Postcard
$28 USD SOLD
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