From the overall fine condition of these first communion souvenirs, I think they have been stored away for the past 50 years. Quelle dommage! (What a shame!) These stained glass transparencies deserve to be framed and hung from ribbon in front of window. Each commemorative card measures just over 3 by 5 inches. The one celebrating Renaud's "communion solennelle" in May 1963 is a reproduction of a stained glass window at the cathedral in Chartres. The souvenir from (I'm assuming) his younger brother, Bernard, in 1964, features artwork by Rene Dionnet: Marie, Queen of the World. I couldn't find any online information about Mr. Dionnet except one interesting thing: a poem written by him entitled "Psalm of the Christian Painter." As you can see from the photos, laying flat on a table or surface, you can make out a bit of the images. But put up to light and voila! Tres belle!
Note that in the scans you see a slight ripple. No sign the cards have ever gotten wet.The ripple effect is greatly exaggerated in the scans for what reason I don't know. The ripple is quite minor, caused by (I think) the difference in the paper versus the attached transparency.
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