This postcard has quite the international connections. Printed in Germany by the Druck von Stengel Company of Dresden, mailed in France, it was apparently a special edition originally printed for distribution in Tangier, Morocco.
Entitled "Arab Woman at the Harem," no artist is credited but it's a pleasing composition, rich in detail and colors, in the popular Orientalist style.
Several things I think of interest to note: The card has an undivided back which dates its printing to 1903 or earlier. However, the sender created her own divided back with a huge curly bracket. If I'm reading correctly, her name was Loulou Lacouer. That name needs to be immortalized in a novel:) The card was sent from Paris on July 19, 1913, mailed to Saint-Michel-des-Andaines in the Normandy region of France. Today, St. Michel's has a population of 374. In 1911, there were 470. So, not much has changed in the past century and this, no doubt, explains why no street address was needed for delivery.
No creases. Some stains in the light border at bottom, but overall, in fine antique condition. Size: about 5.5 by 3.5 inches.
I have two other harem-themed postcards. http://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-7871/Orientalist-Art-Seeberger-x22Odaliskx22-Harem-Concubine http://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-7870/Harem-Czech-artist-CV-Muttich-Orientalist
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