This French Happy New Year (Bonne Annee) postcard is a charming montage, part real photo and part illustration, showing a toddler sitting high on an electric pole in a nest, writing and receiving love notes from a bird. Now, you see why I just call this one "airmail baby." Sweet hand-detailing around the baby's neckline and also on the ribbons with gold metallic paint as well as some color tinting. Glossy finish, no creases, but there are foxing spots verso.
On the back side you will also be drawn into a bit of time travel, as postcards have a way of doing. Robert sent this card to Mademoiselle Lamberlye at the Chateau de Villegenon in 1907. Today, that 15th century chateau goes by the name Château de la Verrerie; it sits on 40 acres of lakeside property and 12 rooms have been turned into an elegant hotel, plus a restaurant in the 18th century addition. The chateau's web site explains that a lakeside glass factory, which was demolished in 1815, inspired the name of “La Verrerie” (glassware). The chateau was sold to the de Vogüé family in 1842. Apparently, Mlle. Lamberlye's family had their own chateau in northeastern France, which was heavily bombed during WWI. To further understand the connection between Lamberlye and the de Vogüé family's chateau, perhaps a trip is in order. Imagine checking into the hotel with this card in hand. Perhaps it would be the perfect ticket to meet the current resident, Count Béraud de Vogüé!
Size: about 5.5 by 3.5 inches.
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