While on the one hand, the message may seem exceedingly clear, the fact that this is a French postcard with the greeting in English makes me pause to wonder if there isn't also a subliminal message. Intrigued or offended? If you're reading this, I'm assuming you're like me and intrigued. After all, we tend to whitewash history and think of the Victorians and Edwardians as rather prudish, private people. Some questioned whether postcards would even be accepted by the general public because one's private message would be "exposed." Of course, the French do have a reputation of being more laissez-faire about some things.
It's hard to see amid all the background newspaper print, but at the bottom right corner it's noted: Stevonard, edit, Boulogne-sur-Mer. More commonly known as Boulogne, this seaside town in northern France is just south of Calais. Verso, the sender simply scribbled "Souvenir de Boulogne."
Neither the direct scan nor the photo capture the colors as accurately as I would like. The butt cheeks are more of a fleshy pink. No creases. Not dated but the divided back lets us know it was printed after 1904 and I feel confident in saying it's pre-WWI. A sure conversation starter for your postcard collection.
About 5.5 by 3.5 inches.
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