Mailed in 1910, this real photo French carte postale is likely German printed [logo PH/606-2]. While I usually lament the dark drab backgrounds which were standard fare for studio shots, for this postcard I rather like the way it serves to contrast with the creamy brightness of the woman's gown and her skin. Note the added colors and the thick white dots of paint, all applied by hand. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get the background to register exactly. The card takes on different colors/shades depending upon the lighting. In the photo taken by natural daylight, the background looks gray and black. Actually, it has soft, muted warm brown-gray tones. Because high resolution scans and photos are brutal, showing up dust and specks NOT visible to the naked eye, I recommend that you push your chair away from the computer screen about 2-3 feet and then you'll have a better idea of what this beauty will look like in hand.
In the last photo, you'll see a matching postcard also available and listed separately. Imagine these cards matted and framed together! http://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-8154/Hand-Detailed-Real-Photo-Edwardian-Fashion
Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. As to be expected for its age, this card shows silvering around the edges and light wear at the corners/edges. No creases.
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