When the mailman is naked and sporting wings, you know this isn't an everyday letter delivery. Cupid has brought a love letter, complete with 5 wax seals, to a lovely lady in red velvet. This heart-tugging illustration is signed "Mille," who unfortunately is another one of those unknown turn-of-the-century artists who designed many fashion postcards. The undivided back verso tells us this was printed in 1903 or before.
This card is in almost mint condition. There is the slightest hint of a crease at the top left verso, which no signs of it visible in the building room on front. Mostly the imperfections are in the printing. My assumptions are that this was perhaps a quick print job for a company, to use Mille's illustration as an advertising postcard. Verso, you'll see the added business information: EBA specialized in 'gold-silver-bronze' metallic colors (not sure if this is a paint store or an industrial manufacturer). Some of this printing is visible on the front, typography impressions in the paper. The publisher is J and R of Paris. Maybe they were in a hurry, but for whatever reason, they cut short the greeting sentiments: Mes meilleurs voeux (Our best wishes). The direct scan shows the most accurate coloring (the card looks whiter in the photo when it's more creamy, off-white) but I couldn't get the blue of the sky to register correctly. However, I feel confident in saying that you'll be pleased when you have the card in hand.
Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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